LOS ANGELES (January 5, 2021) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Eric Compere as of counsel in its Workplace Safety & Health Practice Group. Compere, who will be based in Los Angeles, was previously an attorney with the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Since the onset of the pandemic, Littler’s deep bench of attorneys in the Workplace Safety & Health Practice and the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force have counseled clients on the myriad of issues brought on by COVID-19.
“Eric has been a key attorney at Cal/OSHA on numerous high-profile cases and has served in several important roles,” said Brad Hammock, co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Safety & Health Practice Group. “His intimate knowledge of the division and its policies will greatly benefit our clients and his deep understanding of safety and health law – especially in the all-important state of California – will be a true asset to the firm.”
Compere’s addition further strengthens Littler’s Workplace Safety & Health Practice, which also brought on former Cal/OSHA attorney Melissa Peters in 2019. With in-depth insight into the complex network of workplace safety regulations across the country, the practice provides employers with the tools to maintain safe workplaces and counsel to anticipate changing compliance regulations and emerging issues.
“As companies continue to grapple with challenges brought on by the pandemic and a turbulent 2020, ensuring the health and safety of employees will continue to be a top priority,” said Alka Ramchandani-Raj, a leader of Littler’s COVID-19 Task Force and Cal/OSHA team. “Eric’s experience with workplace safety standards and compliance will position him to help our clients navigate an evolving employment law landscape.”
At Cal/OSHA, Compere represented the division in a range of matters, including administrative hearings, appellate briefings and oral arguments. He also advised California’s governor’s office on matters related to safety and health in the workplace and conducted legislative reviews of proposed regulation for the state’s Labor & Workforce Development Agency. During the coronavirus pandemic, Compere conducted statewide training on the California Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard and COVID-19 citation issuance and served as a Cal/OSHA contact to the California Department of Public Health and the state Department of Justice.
“I’m excited to join such a talented team with extensive knowledge of compliance regulations and policies under Cal/OSHA,” Compere said. “In addition to building my practice by leveraging Littler’s vast resources and helping the Workplace Safety & Health Practice grow even stronger, I look forward to working with Littler’s COVID-19 Task Force, which has moved quickly and effectively to help employers since the pandemic’s early days.”
Compere received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and his B.A. from Williams College.
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