Bernadette M. O’Brien, Esq., is a partner and managing attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly LLP’s employment law department. She provides advice and counsel to employers in employment related matters such as claims for discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, leave of absence policies and procedures, privacy issues, and employee handbook development and implementation. In order to help employers understand and comply with the law, Ms. O’Brien conducts employment law related seminars and training sessions throughout California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis before attending law school at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree, graduating as class valedictorian. Prior to Ms. O’Brien’s association with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly LLP, she practiced civil litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous areas of law including personal injury and business related matters.
Author of 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, the Family and Medical Leave Act, employee privacy, drug testing, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is also editor of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP’s employment related website (fskemploymentlaw.com), which provides daily employment law updates and the latest news related to employment law.
John B. Floyd, Esq., established the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in 1987. Since then, the firm has experienced significant and steady growth. Today, the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly has 13 offices throughout California and one in Nevada. Mr. Floyd is a Certified Specialist and has devoted many years in the workers’ compensation field representing insurance companies, self-insureds, municipalities and employers in §132(a) claims and serious and willful actions. He has served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and Judge Pro Tem, as well as being an expert witness in bad faith claims and is a Certified Administrator for Self-Insurers.
Mr. Floyd is involved in numerous committees, including California Chamber of Commerce Amicus Committee, State Bar Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee and the Employers’ Fraud Task Force.
Mr. Floyd helped publish Retired Judge David W. O’Brien’s treatises on California Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits, California Unemployment, Disability, and Paid Family Leave Insurance Programs and the pamphlet entitled California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Employee Rights and Responsibilities.