Robert Carrol is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Alcohol Beverage practice groups. Rob’s labor and employment clients are companies of all sizes and industries, from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 200 companies, mostly from the agriculture, alcohol beverage, food, manufacturing and solid waste disposal sectors.
In addition to his labor and employment practice, Rob has defended employers over the past three plus decades facing citations for alleged violations of the general duty clause and OSHA standards, including process safety management (“PSM”), lockout/tagout (“LOTO”), hazard communication (“HAZCOM”), emergency response, permit-required confined spaces, personal protective equipment (“PPE”), recordkeeping, and guarding. He has also defended citations for alleged fire and fatality incidents. Rob has trained managers regarding their obligations under both the OSHA and Cal-OSHA statutes and regulations, including their rights, duties, and obligations during an OSHA or Cal-OSHA inspection, how to manage those inspections to limit liability, how to defend against citations, and the impact of those citations on related civil and criminal litigation. He has spoken at industry conferences on these topics as well. Finally, Rob has conducted safety and health audits to assure that employers are observing best practices and assisted in the drafting of IIPP programs and related handbook provisions to augment the employers’ preventative maintenance activities.
Rob’s practice also focuses on global beverage and alcohol matters, representing wine, craft beer and spirits producers, importers, and distributors.