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Bernadette M. O’Brien is a Partner at Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP, and an SPHR/SHRM-SCP certified Human Resources Consultant.

Ms. O’Brien is author of the 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.

She has now scheduled a free, informative live-webinar covering important topics for employers, HR and Risk Managers on employment law aspects triggered by the COVID-19 virus. Her topics include:

What workplace laws may be triggered by COVID-19?
— What leave may an employee entitled to who is ill, or who needs to care for a family member?
— What leave may be required for parents with children home from school?
— Can employers require a diagnosis from an employee if COVID-19 is suspected?
— Can employers send employees who appear sick home from work?
— If the workforce shuts down, must employees be paid, and what about benefits?
— If the proposed federal paid sick leave law passes, what is required?
— What should employers tell workers who are 65 and older?
— Guidance on responding to employees who do not want to report to work.
— Guidance on responding to employees who are concerned that a co-worker has COVID-19.
— If an employee is out sick, can a release to return to work be required?

This webinar will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020 from 10:00 am until 12:00. If you would like to attend, please use this registration page.

Ms. O’Brien is the editor of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin’s employment related websites:,, and

Ms. O’Brien represents employers in employment related disputes before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Labor Commissioner, including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations.

Ms. O’Brien also provides HR consultation to employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers on a myriad of HR topics including compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; EEO compliance; AB 1825 Sexual Harassment training; managing leaves of absence pursuant to FMLA/CFRA, PDL and paid sick time; disability, accommodation and the interactive process; and performance, discipline and termination.

Ms. O’Brien also conducts management and employee training sessions throughout California on numerous workplace topics.