Jeff is senior counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group and co-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:
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
Society for Human Resource Management | January 10, 2020
This article features San Francisco Labor and Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discussing the changes in the definition of employee and employer that come from California’s recent passage of AB5.
Bloomberg Environment | January 10, 2019
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article on a recurring set of safety issues identified by OSHA at a UPS distribution center in Ohio.
Bloomberg Law | August 12, 2018
San Francisco Labor and Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article discussing the new Cal/OSHA standards for workplace safety in health care professions.
Society for Human Resource Management | March 01, 2017
San Francisco labor and employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article about proposed legislation in California to expand family leave eligibility to include caring for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, domestic partners, in-laws and more.
OSHA Alert | 02.03.20
OSHA Alert | 04.24.19
CAL/OSHA Alert | 10.19.17
Employment Law Alert | 05.22.17
Georgetown University, J.D.
Brandeis University, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Jeffrey was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Employment Law—Management and Litigation—Labor and Employment. Jeffrey 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 2019 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.