Attorney at Law, Partner

Practice Areas:

  • Employment and Labor Law

Professional Experience

Bernadette M. O’Brien is a Partner at Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP and an SPHR certified/SHRM-SCP Human Resources Executive. Ms. O’Brien serves as general counsel and executive advisor to the law firm’s Human Resources (HR) Department and is Managing Attorney of the firm’s Employment Law Department and HR Consultation Department. She is a published author, distinguished speaker, and website content developer.

Ms. O’Brien defends employers in employment related disputes before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Labor Commissioner, including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and leave of absence laws. Ms. O’Brien provides HR consultation to employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers on numerous HR topics including compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; tracking and responding to HR trends; developing, organizing and implementing the HR function; training and counseling management and staff; HR policy development, implementation and enforcement; personnel management: hiring, onboarding, performance, discipline, retention, and separation of employment; succession planning; designing competitive compensation and benefit packages; ensuring EEO compliance; managing disability and leave of absence policies and procedures; and, wage and hour compliance. Ms. O’Brien also conducts management and employee training sessions throughout California.

Ms. O’Brien is author of the popular LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, co-author of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, and co-author of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs. Ms. O’Brien has been a frequent contributor to, and reporter for, the LexisNexis employment law newsletter Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin. She is also editor and developer of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin’s employment related websites:,, and, which provide the latest news and information related to employment law.

Ms. O’Brien has been a speaker on a variety of employment law topics for numerous organizations including CalPelra, CWC, Ag-Safe, EAC, Northern California Workers’ Comp Forum, Intercare, National Interstate Insurance, CASBO, PIHRA, Strafford Webinars and the Employer’s Fraud Task Force. You can reach Bernadette O’Brien at, (818) 206-9222, or (916) 838-3332.



California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers;

Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices;

California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs.


“Employers Beware: A 100% WC Permanent Disability Rating Does Not Mean an Employee Cannot Work.”

“Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained by an Independent Contractor’s Employee as a Result of a Lapse in Workplace Safety Requirements—The ‘Hirer’ or the Independent Contractor.”

“California Appellate Court Addresses a Key Question Linked to Both Immigration and Employment Law: May an Undocumented Worker Pursue a Discrimination Claim Based on a Refusal to Hire/Rehire.”

“Employers Be Ready: A Number of New Employment-Related Laws Will Take Effect on January 1, 2012.”

“The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of California Join Force to Crack Down on Employers: Avoid the Pitfalls of Employee Misclassification.”

“Ninth Circuit Provides Important Guidance for Employers on When Attendance Constitutes an Essential Function of the Job.”