Overview

As an experienced employment lawyer with a concentration in Federal and State Occupational Safety and Health law, Alka Ramchandani-Raj assists employers with a wide range of complex situations with the workforce. Alka has extensive experience handling communicable disease inquiries for clients and she assisted with developing and leading Littler’s COVID-19 task force including developing the strategy behind responding to  inquiries and developing products for clients including safety and health and employment policies, return to work plans, and programs for compliance.

Focusing on workplace safety and health, Alka assists employers with pre-injury/illness preventative practices, including site inspections and policy development. Alka also assists employers who have experienced workplace injuries and accidents or are subject to a Federal or state OSHA inspection. She has experience managing catastrophic workplace accidents or fatalities. Alka is an experienced litigator and regularly represents employers in Occupational Safety and Health appeals, settlement conferences, and hearings. She also has broad experience assisting employers with workplace violence issues including obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders to ensure the workplace is safe for employees. Alka also regularly attends advisory committee meetings as part of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and submits comments to proposed regulations. She is a core member of the firm’s Occupational Safety and Health and Workplace Violence practice groups, and a leading member of Littler’s OSHA Woman’s Group.

She also has extensive experience with general employment advice and counsel and litigation matters relating to terminations, retaliation, whistleblowers complaints, discrimination, harassment, ADA accessibility and state agency complaint defense.

Alka is a popular speaker on OSHA and employment related legal issues and she regularly provides training sessions for clients and professional organizations on various topics, including:

  • Federal and California Occupational Safety and Health compliance and training
  • Managing performance in the workforce
  • California Leave and Wage and hour compliance
  • Harassment prevention
  • Workplace investigations
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • COVID-19 compliance and pandemic preparation

Alka is a member of the firm’s Robotic, Artificial Intelligence and Automation practice group, which is focused on providing representation and compliance assistance to employers in the robotic industry and employers integrating automation, AI, telepresence and robotics into their workplace.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California

Member

Labor and Employment Section, OSHA Section

American Bar Association

Member

Narika Women’s Empowerment Group

May 2012 - November 2015

Lecturer of Law

University of California, Berkeley Law

August 2011 - June 2016

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2019

Named, Inaugural Hot List

Lawyers of Color

2013

News, Analysis & Press

Why employers are focusing on remote work, the election

Human Resource Executive

November 24, 2020

The Littler Employer Pulse Survey Report

Littler Report

November 18, 2020

Working from work

Vox (podcast)

September 23, 2020

Three Steps To Safely And Legally Reopen Stores'

Retail Touchpoints

June 22, 2020

When should employees come back to work?

Canadian HR Reporter

June 3, 2020

Top Employer Concerns Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Industry Today

April 21, 2020

These are employers’ top coronavirus-related concerns

Human Resource Executive

April 3, 2020

Littler COVID-19 Flash Survey Report

Littler Report

March 30, 2020

Your Coronavirus Workplace Questions Answered

CNN Business

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus: Employer Action Items

Insight

January 29, 2020

OSHA in 2015: What to Expect in Enforcement, Regulation and California

Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter

January 1, 2015

Speaking Engagements

Walnut Creek Breakfast Briefing

Walnut Creek, CA

February 5, 2020

Workplace Violence

Labor and Employment Webinar Series – Littler Mendelson and BB&T

April 9, 2019

What to Do When Cal/OSHA Comes Knocking

March 28, 2019

California OSHA Recordkeeping Training - Century City

Los Angeles, CA

February 27, 2019

Workplace Violence and the Active Shooter | Steps to Prepare for and Handle Difficult Safety Situations in the Workplace

February 20, 2019

California OSHA Hot Topics 2019: Regulatory Changes and Compliance Strategies for the New Year

November 13, 2018

What OSHA’s Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program Regulations Mean for Hospitality Industry Employers

September 14, 2018

Education

  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, 2008
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Sindhi

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California