Melissa K. Peters is a core member of firm’s Occupational Safety and Health Practice Group, and her practice focuses on matters involving occupational safety and health across all industry sectors. She assists employers in Federal OSHA and State OSH Plan jurisdictions on a range of regulatory compliance issues and has extensive experience handling fatality, accident, and complaint investigations. Melissa supports clients in all aspects of litigation against OSHA, from citation contest to enforcement proceedings.

Previously, Melissa worked as an attorney for the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). During her time at Cal/OSHA, she represented the Division in administrative appeal hearings and third-party litigation arising from occupational fatalities and regularly advised on enforcement issues including facility closures, orders prohibiting use and search warrants. Melissa concentrated on cases involving alleged violations of bloodborne pathogens, heat illness, and workplace violence standards and worked closely with Cal/OSHA’s Enforcement, High Hazard, Research and Standards and Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) units.

Melissa represents clients in various industries including energy, manufacturing, logistics and production and processing. She also serves as counsel for various trade associations and coalitions in the construction industry. In addition to her litigation practice, Melissa provides strategic advice and compliance assistance to employers including:

  • Auditing, developing, and implementing safety programs and protocols
  • Providing safety and health compliance counseling
  • Representing industry stakeholders in all aspects of OSHA rulemaking at the federal level

Melissa’s experience-based understanding of how OSHA operates combined with her knowledge of current issues in the safety and health arena allows her to provide focused counsel to employers of all sizes.

News, Analysis & Press

WPI Labor Day Report 2023

WPI Report

September 5, 2023

Decline in number of inspectors hampers OSHA operations

Business Insurance

December 21, 2022

Employers left without guidance as COVID protocols wane

Business Insurance

October 4, 2022

The Littler Employer Pulse Survey Report

Littler Report

November 18, 2020

Top Employer Concerns Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Industry Today

April 21, 2020

Littler COVID-19 Flash Survey Report

Littler Report

March 30, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer FAQs


March 24, 2020

Coronavirus: Employer Action Items


January 29, 2020

Speaking Engagements

“I’ll Take Safety and Health for $500!” Critical Safety and Health Questions Answered for the Post-Pandemic World – So YOUR Organization Does Not End Up in JEOPARDY!

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 5, 2022

How to Safely Re-open Your Office

German American Chamber of Commerce

May 4, 2021

Return to Work, Leaves of Absences and Vaccinations - The COVID-19 Impact on Working Women

April 15, 2021

COVID-19 in the U.S.: Employment Law Changes and Challenges During the Pandemic

China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A. Webinar

March 16, 2021

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

Northstate SHRM

February 18, 2021

COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health

Workplace Policy Institute: International Franchise Association Convention

February 17, 2021

How To Implement a Legally Compliant Workplace COVID-19 Testing Program While Waiting for the Vaccine To Arrive

February 16, 2021

Tips for Employers on How to Comply With California's Sweeping Emergency COVID-19 Regulation

December 3, 2020

The COVID-19 Testing Conundrum: What Employers Need to Know to Develop an Effective and Lawful Testing Program

October 7, 2020

Are We There Yet? Understanding the Return to Work Challenge Posed by COVID-19 - Second Session

September 1, 2020

Are We There Yet? Understanding the Return to Work Challenge Posed by COVID-19

August 19, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on Employment Law in New York

New York State Judicial Institute (New York State Unified Court System)

July 14-15, 2020

The Next Normal: Preparing Our Workplaces and Workforces for the “Return to Work”

July 13, 2020

Returning to Work – Legal Updates & Considerations for Employers

China General Chamber of Commerce – USA Webinar

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 U.S. Employment Law and OSHA Overview

PLI Webinar

May 19, 2020

COVID-19: Practical Guidance for Employers

Japan Society Webinar

May 15, 2020

What To Expect After the Pandemic Subsides

ASHHRA Webinar

May 2020

COVID-19: Common Employer Questions Asked and Answered!

March 13, 2020

This is 2020 - New Regulations to Brighten Up the New Year

February 12, 2020

The Coronavirus: How Employers Can Manage the Outbreak

February 4, 2020


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 2000

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