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Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA)

Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized nationally as a Tier One firm—the highest possible ranking—in “Employment Law—Management” and “Litigation—Labor & Employment” by U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Our employment group is also recognized in every metropolitan area we practice
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications


From “A” (Cal/OSHA’s ATD standard) to “Z” (Fed/OSHA’s subpart Z), we help our clients with their many complex safety and health compliance obligations and defend them when citations are issued or litigation arises.

Our approach

We know OSHA law inside and out, and we have helped define how that law is interpreted and applied.

With literally thousands of safety and health regulations to follow, compliance can be very difficult for employers. From the hazards of each specific job, to responding to natural disasters, workplace emergencies and pandemic response, we help you find effective solutions.

We provide management training on all occupational safety and health issues and help you develop robust, yet practical safety programs and stay on top of regulatory developments. We help you audit and identify what you need to do to be in compliance today—and tomorrow—and then help you with implementation.

We guide employers through the crucial hours during an agency inspection and through emergency response. If and when citations, litigation or criminal charges follow, we provide our clients with early case analysis, efficient case management and a tenacious defense.

Where compliance just is not feasible, we also assist in obtaining relief through variances and the rulemaking process.

Who we work with

  • All employers, with an emphasis on high-hazard industries subject to the strictest occupational safety and health regulations

Media Clips

  • Stores Taking Steps to Keep Crowds Controlled During Black Friday Shopping
    WFXT-TV (Fox Boston) | November 28, 2013
    In this Q&A, Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth discusses the Department of Labor’s guidelines for retailers about crowd safety during the busy holiday shopping season.
  • When Shoppers Go Wild: OSHA Issues Guidance for Crowd Management In Advance of Black Friday
    Law360 | November 27, 2013
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Marjorie Fochtman and Labor & Employment practice group leader Jeff Tanenbaum discuss the Department of Labor’s guidelines for retailers about crowd safety during the busy holiday shopping season.
  • OSHA Workplace Injury Rule Aims to Shame Cos. Into Safety
    Law360 | November 13, 2013
    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses a proposed rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would make workplace illness and injury data recorded by employers more accessible.
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  • OSHA to Boost Whistleblower Programs
    Compliance Week | September 24, 2013
    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s increased enforcement efforts against companies that fail to provide safe workplaces.


The Labor and Employment Law crystal ball: Trends and developments for 2014
Employment Law Alert | December 27, 2013

When shoppers go wild: OSHA issues crowd management safety guidance for Black Friday
Retail Industry Alert | November 25, 2013

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California Employment Legislation: What's New for 2014?
Employment Law Alert | November 12, 2013

Workplace agencies impacted by the sequester
Employment Law Alert | April 30, 2013

OSHA announces new National Emphasis Program aimed at nursing and residential care facilities
OSHA Alert | April 16, 2012

A warning to university researchers: Institution and its professor charged with felonies for fatal laboratory chemical fire
Higher Education Alert | February 28, 2012

California holds that state overtime law applies to non-residents working in the state
Employment Law Alert | July 14, 2011

Proposed Cal/OSHA revisions on the horizon: what SB 829 could mean for employers
Employment Law Alert | July 13, 2011

France: the Cour de Cassation validates executive working time arrangements, subject to certain conditions
Global Employment Law Alert | July 8, 2011

Connecticut becomes the first state to require employer funded paid sick leave for “service workers”
Employment Law Alert | June 24, 2011

Defense goes up in smoke — discharge for medical marijuana use upheld in Washington State
Employment Law Alert | June 23, 2011

Inevitable disclosure doctrine is alive and well in Massachusetts
Employment Law Alert | June 20, 2011

Representative Weiner’s online conduct: a reminder to employers about the dangers of employee misuse of social media and company resources
Employment Law Alert | June 14, 2011

Supreme Court clears the way for employee arbitration agreements waiving class action rights
Employment Law Alert | April 28, 2011

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