Watch This Episode: COVID-19: Implications For Safely Managing Your Workforce 

June 11th webinar


OSHA, CDC, Whistle Blower, Labor Law and other implications for safely returning to work.

With NIOSH, OSHA, the CDC and EEOC's constant revised guidance on re-opening guidelines, this interactive webinar brings two experts together to discuss the latest information on re-opening best practices.

In a question and answer format, we will be discussing:

  • The ability to test employees
  • Work refusal issues
  • Whistle Blower laws
  • Preparing your workplace for re-entry
  • And more...


Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson, M.P.T., M.B.A., C.A.E.

Executive Vice President/Co-Founder at Briotix Health

Bob Patterson earned his Masters degree in Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) from Mount Saint Mary’s College, CA and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from California Lutheran University.  His specialties in all phases of his didactic training have been domain-specific to Briotix’ current core businesses - injury prevention, technology-enabled risk reduction solutions, rehabilitation science, and best practices in workers’ compensation cost containment.

Early on in his career as a physical therapist, Bob became disillusioned by the occuptional health management and payment systems that lacked the innovation to apply best practices in preventing injuries or optimizing injury recovery through the application of ergonomic best practices.  As a result, in 1993, he founded ALA Ergonomic Resources.  He dissolved that organization in favor of a broader approach afforded through his next startup, Omega Health Systems (OHS).  OHS grew over the years and was rebranded Briotix after it was successfully merged with PreCare in 2014.

Now Bob oversees strategic opportunities for Briotix with an eye on driving cost containment through workforce performance optimization.  His expertise in the disciplines of the health sciences, occupational health and injury prevention, research, and occuptional health management has established Briotix as an enduring and leading national and global player in workforce performance solutions.

Adele Abrams

Adele L. Abrams, Esq. CMSP

President, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.

Adele is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, Charleston, WV, and Denver, CO, a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. Adele is a certified mine safety professional and she also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies.

Adele is on the faculty of University of Colorado and the Catholic University of America, where she instructs on employment, labor and safety law. She is a regular columnist on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction, employment law, and occupational safety and health.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC, 3rd and 4th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Industrial Minerals Association-North America, and the American Bar Association. In 2017, she received the NSC’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award.


Bernadette M. O'Brien

Attorney At Law, Partner at Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP

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 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.

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 is also editor of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin’s employment related websites:, and

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.