Jeff Tanenbaum is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice and chairs the firm’s Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice. He represents employers in a very wide range of employment and labor law matters, with a particular emphasis on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation.
I have devoted my entire career to assisting employers with a broad array of employment and labor issues. I particularly enjoy working with my clients to find novel, yet practical compliance solutions for the increasingly complex world of employment regulation. Examples include policies and procedures to address the intersection of the ADA, leave laws and workers compensation; the development of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs and the defense of ADR claims; guidance through complex terminations and RIFs and alternatives; cross-border employment issues; supply chain management; employee/independent contractor classification; workplace violence response plans; crisis response; and training of executives, managers and supervisors.
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, obtaining variances and representing employers in the rulemaking process. I have litigated well over a thousand OSHA citations.
While my practice crosses all industries, many of my clients are in the fields of technology, life sciences, manufacturing, health care, maritime, food and beverage, utilities, energy, retail and hospitality.
Labor and employment law is extremely dynamic. In the foreseeable future I believe we will see significant developments in the following areas:
Jeff's numerous publications have included:
HR Executive | January 09, 2017
San Francisco labor and employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article about employers’ use of credit checks in hiring decisions.
Law360 | November 16, 2016
Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Traci Bernard-Marks contributed this article about anticipated changes in labor and employment law by President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress.
Law360 | November 09, 2016
This article focuses on the labor and employment changes we could see in a Trump administration. San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the topic of equal pay.
San Francisco Daily Journal | July 05, 2016
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum provides commentary throughout this story on a U.S. District Judge’s demand that lawyers in the Uber Technologies Inc. misclassification lawsuit quickly produce additional information regarding an up-to-$100-million settlement between Uber and California and Massachusetts drivers.
Compliance Week | December 22, 2015
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum provides commentary regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement trends that significantly raise the stakes for companies that fail to provide safe workplaces.
Law360 | September 24, 2015
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Traci Bernard-Marks authored this column discussing why it may be prudent for employers to still generally make use of automated external defibrillators voluntary and not part of an employee’s job duties.
Wall Street Journal | March 30, 2015
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article discussing slave labor in the supply chain.
Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter | March 05, 2015
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article on the lawsuit filed by the Texas nurse infected with the Ebola virus while on the job.
Law360 | January 02, 2015
This coverage quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discussing the potential national implications of new legislation in California.
Daily Journal | December 29, 2014
This coverage quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discussing the potential national implications of California’s employment laws passed in 2014.
FierceCFO | July 21, 2014
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the impact of a California appeals court ruling that Target was not obligated to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in its stores.
Law360 | June 23, 2014
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the implications of California Supreme Court’s ruling that Target Corp. wasn't obligated to carry automated external defibrillators.
Law360 | June 18, 2014
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Caroline Burnett authored this column discussing Verdugo v. Target Stores before the California Supreme Court in which the plaintiff alleges that large retailers have an obligation to keep automatic external defibrillators ("AEDs") in stores.
Employment Law Alert | 07.05.16
Employment Law Alert | 06.29.16
Employment Law Alert | 02.18.16
Employment Law Alert | 11.10.15
Employment Law Alert | 09.18.15
Employment Law Alert | 09.09.15
Employment Law Alert | 04.13.15
OSHA Law Alert | 03.02.15
01.19.17 | San Francisco, CA
12.14.16 | San Francisco, CA
Georgetown University, J.D.
Brandeis University, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Jeff has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment in San Francisco, CA. He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2013.
Jeff has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Labor & Employment (California). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years. He has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by the publishers of the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine since 2007. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey.
A Matthew Bender publication has described Jeff Tanenbaum as one of California’s leading employment litigators, and Jeff Tanenbaum has been named by The Recorder, a legal newspaper, as one of the Bay Area’s Top Employment Attorneys.