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Alka Ramchandani

Associate
San Francisco

P 415-394-9400
F 415-394-9401
Alka.Ramchandani@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Alka Ramchandani is an Associate in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She specializes in representing employers in California occupational safety and health matters, federal and state employment matters, and immigration matters.

In particular, Ms. Ramchandani advises and represents clients in relation to inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Administrations. She also assists clients with preventative practices such as conducting audits and creating safety programs, plans and policies.

In addition, Ms. Ramchandani represents and advises employers in employment discrimination, harassment/hostile work environment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, 132a workers' compensation and wage and hour matters. She also advises employers on hiring and terminating employees and drafting and negotiating employment policies and contracts, including separation agreements, settlement agreements and employee handbooks. Ms. Ramchandani also has experience in representing and counseling employers in securing all immigration documentation, visa and permits necessary to facilitate the admission of individuals in temporary working visa classifications into the United States.

Ms. Ramchandani is a frequent speaker for trade groups and associations as well as private employers and provides compliance and liability prevention training for managers. She has published several articles for California human resources magazines, which provide insight on a broad range of employment compliance topics.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, she served as an intern at the U.S. District Attorney's Office, Contra Costa County, California, a legal extern at the Office of General Counsel at a university medical center in Illinois, and as a judicial extern for the Hon. Jesse G. Reyes of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division.

While attending law school, Ms. Ramchandani was the lead article editor of the Adelphia Law Journal. She currently teaches the Mediation for Litigators course at Berkeley Law School.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Lawyers of Color “Hot List,” recognized as a minority attorney under the age of 40 who excels within the legal profession (2013)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Narika, Secretary on the Board of Directors. Narika is an agency created to eradicate domestic violence against and empower South Asian women.

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July 14, 2015
What's Working in Human Resources

Alka Ramchandani Discusses Workplace Violence Policies

July 14, 2015

Alka Ramchandani is quoted in "6 Must-Haves for a Strong Workplace Violence Policy," published in What's Working in Human Resources. Subscription may be required to view article         Read More

March 2, 2015
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Alka Ramchandani Discusses Proposed Changes to California's Heat Illness Prevention Standard

March 2, 2015

Alka Ramchandani provides tips to help employers comply with changes to California's heat illness prevention standard in "Calif. Standards Board Approves Heat illness Changes," published by SHRM. View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

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September 17, 2015

Retailer’s Guide to Defending against Workplace Violence

September 17, 2015

Violence is a leading cause of workplace deaths in the last 15 years and causes 48 percent of worker deaths in the retail industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Protecting retail stores is particularly challenging because they are open, public, high-traffic spaces with cash on hand, sometimes late-night operations, and... Read More

September 17, 2015

Sales May Sizzle, But Keep Employees Cool

September 17, 2015

When the outdoor temperature tops 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the cool, air-conditioned comfort of a retail store may be a refuge for salespeople, but it is easy to forget that many other retail employees (including truck drivers, loaders, mechanics, janitors, maintenance personnel, cart attendants, and warehouse crews) may be feeling the... Read More

July 2, 2015

OSHA Adopts Expanded Enforcement against Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Residential Care Facilities

July 2, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new and stricter enforcement policy for the healthcare industry, promising to crack down on the most common hazards in hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities. The new federal enforcement policy, which OSHA expects states to adopt, as well,... Read More

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California’s Free Mining & Tunneling Training Schedule
March 27, 2017

California enforces its own mining and tunneling regulations through Cal/OSHA’s Mining and Tunneling (M&T) Unit.  The main function of this specialized unit is to investigate complaints and accidents in mines and tunnels and to issue citations to employers that violate regulations.  The M&T Unit also conducts pre-job safety confer Read More

California’s Upcoming Indoor Heat Regulation
March 6, 2017

In October 2016, Governor Brown signed and approved Senate Bill 1167 which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The law directs Cal/OSHA to draft and propose heat illness and injury prevention standards for indoor workplaces by January 1, 2019. Read More

California’s Upcoming Indoor Heat Regulation
March 6, 2017

In October 2016, Governor Brown signed and approved Senate Bill 1167 which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The law directs Cal/OSHA to draft and propose heat illness and injury prevention standards for indoor workplaces by January 1, 2019. Read More