In recent years, employment law has become increasingly complex and expansive with such developments as the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, the revised Family and Medical Leave Act, and the COBRA premium subsidy extension bill. In addition, employee claims for matters such as disability discrimination are skyrocketing, thereby resulting in huge defense costs for employers. To assist employers in navigating through this complicated maze of ever changing and evolving employment laws, FSML has developed an employment and labor department headed by Bernadette M. O’Brien.
Ms. O’Brien is an experienced attorney 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 Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP’s employment related websites (floydskerenemploymentlaw.com and employmentlawweekly.com) which provide daily employment law updates and other valuable information.
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:
- Race, gender, and age discrimination
- Disability rights/discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
- Employee leaves
- Affirmative action
- Wage and hour
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Substance abuse and drug testing
- Employee privacy
- Workplace violence
- Class actions
- Personnel policies and procedures
- Employee handbooks
She is the author of the popular Lexis Nexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, Second Edition which has been in publication since 1992. The book covers an array of employment related issues including discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, Family Medical Leave Act, and privacy in the workplace.
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