Rachel is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group and a member of the firm’s Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice. She represents clients in both federal and state court litigation and before administrative agencies as well as providing labor and employment law advice and training, with a particular emphasis on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation.
Today I focus my practice on three main areas, leveraging a wide-range of skills from traditional labor law, employment law and occupational safety and health law to help clients navigate the modern workplace.
My practice also has a special focus on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation, including but not limited to Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA matters. This involves developing state of the art safety procedures, training, safety and health audits, appeals of citations, and representing employers in the rulemaking process.
Much of my work involves representing, advising and training clients in various areas of employment law including wrongful termination, employment discrimination and harassment, arbitrations, ADA Title III access, trade secrets and restrictive covenants and wage-hour.
I have also represented all types of employers in federal and state court litigation and before various federal and state administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor and California Labor Commission.
I’ve represented employers before both federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. I help employers with a wide-range of labor related issues including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, union elections and defending against unfair labor practice charges.
In order to navigate the modern workplace, it takes the knowledge of traditional labor and employment laws as well as an understanding of occupational safety and health. As the on-demand and sharing economies become more prevalent, the workplace, as well as the laws that govern it, will have to adjust.
Bloomberg Law | May 12, 2022
This article discussing alternatives to OSHA enforcement and OSHA’s whistleblower provision quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn, who mentions that employers need to be wary of workers who become aware of standards outside their normal duties that could turn up in a whistleblower complaint.
San Francisco Business Times | April 22, 2022
This article profiles San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn, who was selected by the leading regional business publication as a “40 Under 40” honoree. In the feature, Rachel answers questions related to her work and personal life, and she discusses how the pandemic sparked the need to think critically and creatively to provide clients with solutions amid the many unknowns.
San Francisco Business Times | February 22, 2022
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn is spotlighted in this article for being selected as a 40 under 40 honoree, which recognizes the Bay Area’s top rising professionals across diverse industries.
The Business Journals | February 11, 2022
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn is quoted extensively in this article covering how businesses are proceeding since the US Supreme Court blocked the OSHA vaccine mandate, including comments related to communication and customization being key best practices for employers since there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Bloomberg | January 13, 2022
San Francisco partner Rachel Conn is quoted on how the new Omicron variant may influence employers’ decisions to implement a mandate to help mitigate interruption of business operations.
Bloomberg | November 04, 2021
In this article discussing OSHA’s federal COVID vaccination and testing guidelines for large private employers, which were announced on Thursday, San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn is quoted on the potential burden and obstacles posed by weekly testing.
HR Specialist Employment Law | October 01, 2021
This industry newsletter includes the client alert “President Biden orders vaccination mandate for large employers,” co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, Rochester partner Kim Harding, and Providence department attorney Shelagh Michaud, all of the Labor & Employment group. The Q&A covers OSHA’s emergency standards, the 100-employee threshold in Biden’s vaccination mandate, and how the rule affects state OSHA plans.
Bloomberg | September 30, 2021
This article, discussing President Biden’s directive to larger employers mandating vaccines or weekly testing, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn on the potential logistical heavy lift for employers in implementing weekly testing.
The Wall Street Journal | September 27, 2021
This article, covering the growing trend among hiring managers to favor candidates who indicate on their resumes that they are fully vaccinated, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn on the potentially discriminatory nature of employers pushing for this information.
The Charlotte Observer | September 16, 2021
This article, which has been syndicated across the country, quotes the client alert “President Biden orders vaccination mandate for large employers” co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, Rochester partner Kim Harding, and Providence department attorney Shelagh Michaud, all of the Labor & Employment group. The content covers OSHA emergency standards, the 100-employee threshold in Biden’s vaccination mandate, and how the rule affects state OSHA plans.
CBS Radio – KNX | September 09, 2021
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn joined the radio program to discuss President Biden’s proposal that would require employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing, as well as the question of whether employers can deny sick leave or paid time off for any unvaccinated employees who contract Covid-19 and must miss work as a result.
Protocol | July 23, 2021
This article, on how some tech companies are reevaluating return to office plans in light of Covid-19 Delta variant concerns, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn on possible facial covering mandates and considerations about the Delta variant that employers should take into account.
CBS/KNX News Radio | June 09, 2021
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn discussed an upcoming Cal/OSHA emergency standard board meeting to review its recently updated COVID-19 guidelines on facial coverings, following the urging made by the California Department of Public Health to reconsider the board’s earlier guidelines to better align with CDC recommendations.
CBS/KNX News Radio | June 01, 2021
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn discussed Cal/OSHA’ s proposed updated COVID-19 guidelines and other top-of-mind issues for California-based employers and employees, including whether employers can ask for workers’ vaccination status, Cal/OSHA’ s requirement for vaccination documentation, and whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated.
Bloomberg Law | May 20, 2021
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn is quoted in this article on how the CDC’s updated guidance that the risk of COVID infection is minimal for people who are fully vaccinated likely weakens OSHA’s argument that there is a “grave danger” to employees.
Law360 | March 16, 2021
This article on the risks employers face as business travel returns quotes Labor & Employment deputy practice group leader and OSHA practice chair Ben Kim, of Los Angeles, and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn on the realities of a shifting office environment.
Law360 | March 10, 2021
Labor & Employment deputy practice group leader and OSHA practice chair Ben Kim, of Los Angeles, and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn provide commentary in this article analyzing the CDC’s new post-vaccination guidance, discussing implications for employers.
Providence Business News | March 09, 2021
This article, covering the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association’s annual conference, mentions that NP will host a workshop entitled “Making It Through Changes in Employment, Labor and Workplace Health and Safety Law.“ Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott and San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, both of the Labor &Employment group, will present the session.
The Recorder (California) | January 28, 2021
Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner-elect Jade Turner-Bond and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner-elect Rachel Conn were included in this roundup of notable legal moves for their promotions to partner.
Engineering News-Record | December 10, 2020
In this article on the workplace requirements for contractors and other employers in the construction industry, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted for her outlook on Cal/OSHA’s definition of “exposed workplace” and the potential overlap of notifications requirements with AB 685.
KNX-AM | December 10, 2020
San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn appears as a guest in this radio news segment to discuss the dilemma employers are facing and what they should consider—Cal/OSHA, California sick leave laws and other advisories—as they navigate how to provide a safe workplace for their employees during the holidays.
Bloomberg Law | December 08, 2020
In this article covering former OSHA head David Michaels being named to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team Covid-19 task force, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted on employers’ trepidation over possible new regulation.
The Wall Street Journal | December 07, 2020
In an article covering what employers can and cannot enforce when employees are outside of the workplace, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn explains how off-duty conduct laws in some states and union contracts could prevent employers from taking action against employees.
Modern Restaurant Management | November 02, 2020
This roundup of current industry issues to watch highlights several thought leadership pieces from NP’s recently published fourth-quarter Food & Beverage Crystal Ball. The publication summarizes trends provided by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt and counsel Ian O’Banion, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate Group; Rochester Corporate associate Isaac Figueras; and San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Rachel Conn and Maritza Martin.
Bloomberg Law | July 07, 2020
In this article on a recent decision requiring the U.S. Labor Department to provide unredacted safety records to an investigative journalism organization, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted on how the decision could make it easier for media outlets and labor unions to request injury and illness data from the government. The decision could also lead to adverse publicity for companies.
Cannabis Business Executive | June 17, 2020
This article, on the reopening of Colorado’s marijuana hospitality industry, cites a recent NP alert that details guidelines for cannabis retailers to consider for revamping operations without spreading communicable illnesses. Cannabis Business Executive also re-published the complete NP alert, written by San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Alison Torbitt; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan; and San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Hillary Baca and Rachel Conn.
Bloomberg Law | March 26, 2020
San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses some of the methods employers are using to keep essential employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak—from staggered shifts to reconfigured work spaces.
CNN Business | March 13, 2020
San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses the steps employers should take if they learn that an employee has contracted coronavirus, including reaching out to local health authorities and notifying employees, customers, and vendors.
Bloomberg Businessweek | March 03, 2020
In this article, San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn suggests that employers coping with coronavirus impacts create a communicable illness policy that outlines what illnesses are covered, employees’ obligation to report them, and employers’ communications practices during an outbreak.
Rochester Business Journal | February 21, 2020
Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about how employers with business operations in China are responding to the coronavirus outbreak and related travel restrictions. The article is based on an alert by Hong Kong Corporate partner David Cheng, Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Benjamin Kim, San Francisco Labor and Employment senior counsel Jeffrey Tanenbaum and associate Rachel Conn, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman
The Wall Street Journal | February 03, 2020
This article quotes San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discussing how employers are reacting to a wave of travel cancellations, store closures, and supply chain disruptions caused by the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read the article.
Society for HR Management | December 09, 2019
In this article, San Francisco labor and employment associate Rachel Conn provides her insights related to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s draft regulation on workplace-violence prevention programs.
Recorder (Law.com) | September 17, 2019
Los Angeles partner Ben Kim and San Francisco associate Rachel Conn, both of the Labor and Employment practice group, co-wrote this contributed article analyzing California’s latest effort to prevent workplace violence through regulations.
OSHA Alert | 06.21.22
Labor & Employment | 06.02.22
OSHA Law Alert | 03.17.22
OSHA Alert | 01.14.22
Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Alert | 01.04.22
Labor & Employment Alert | 12.23.21
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University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., Associate Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal; Recipient, Prosser Award for Pre-Trial Civil Litigation.
The Catholic University of America, B.A.