Employment and Labor Law Department

Federal, state and local employment related laws and their impact on the workplace continues to be one of the greatest challenges faced by employers and their Human Resources/Risk Departments. To assist employers in navigating through this complicated maze of ever changing and evolving laws, Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin (FSML) has developed an employment and labor department headed by Bernadette M. O’Brien.

Ms. O’Brien is an experienced employment law attorney, HR consultant and author of the LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, which has been in publication since 1992. The treatise is an easy-to-understand overview of the key topics in labor and employment law as governed by both federal and California law, including hiring, termination, wage and hour, family and medical leave, employee privacy, drug testing, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Ms. O’Brien is also co-author of the online edition of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs, a treatise on California unemployment insurance laws, and editor of FSML’s employment law newsletter, employmentlawweekly.com, which provides weekly employment law related updates.

Ms. O’Brien works with an experienced team of attorneys and staff members within FSML’s employment and labor department to provide expert advice, counseling, training, and liability defense for employers in numerous areas of employment law including:

  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Disability discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • Leaves of absence (family and medical leave)
  • Affirmative action
  • Wage and hour/PAGA
  • OSHA
  • COVID-19
  • Substance abuse and drug testing
  • Employee privacy
  • Workplace violence
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Employee handbook development
  • Dispute resolution/arbitration

If you need assistance with an employment related claim or development of a workplace policy/employee handbook, give us a call at (818) 206-9222.

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Attorney at Law

Practice Areas:

Civil and General Liability Complex Litigation/Special Projects Unit Employment and Labor Law

Attorney at Law, Partner Managing Attorney, General Liability Defense Department

Practice Areas:

Complex Litigation/Special Projects Unit Civil and General Liability Employment and Labor Law