Rachel L. Conn

Rachel is an associate 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.

What do you focus on?

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.

Occupational Safety and Health

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.

Employment Law

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.

Labor Law

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.

What do you see on the horizon?

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.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Using Mobile Devices to Communicate Safety Updates,” Webinar, Lorman Education Services, March 2020
  • “Injury and Illness Recordkeeping in California: Key State Differences and Upcoming Developments,” Webinar, Business & Legal Resources (BLR), May 2019
  • “Emergency Preparedness—What To Do In Case of Fire, Flood, Tornado, Bomb Threat, Power Outage, etc.” Webinar, Online Compliance Panel, June 2018
  • “Emergency Preparedness: What Does Cal/OSHA Require?” Webinar, Online Compliance Panel, May 2018
  • “Hiring and Retaining Employees From A-Z,” SFMade, San Francisco, March 2018
  • “OSHA Safety,” SFMade, San Francisco, August 2017
  • Rutter Guide California Practice Guide Employment Litigation Workplace Safety Chapter (Contributing Editor)
  • “Sex and the attorney-client relationship,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2017
  • “Additional Developments in Trademark Law—LaRussa v. Twitter, Inc.,” 25 Berkeley Tech L.J. 493 (2010)
  • “Additional Developments in Privacy Law—Toffoloni v. LFP Publishing Group,” 25 Berkeley Tech L.J. 701 (2010)

INSIGHT: California overhaul of injury recordkeeping rules just a start

Bloomberg Law | June 04, 2019

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn wrote this contributed article outlining California’s recent actions to strengthen its occupational safety record-keeping rules in response to weakened protections at the federal level.

How can health care workers who refuse to get flu shots be accommodated?

SHRM.com | November 05, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted in this article about how employees should handle requiring flu shots for health care workers.


Rachel L. Conn


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8216

Fax: 855-887-8999

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.


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