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Time and again, Mr. La Rocca has been a trusted advisor to businesses facing labor and employment issues. He has stood alongside corporate executives and human resource professionals to build workplace cultures that maximize employee morale and productivity, helping them gain a leg up on their competition and remain union-free. When conflict is unavoidable, employers call on Mr. La Rocca to aggressively defend them from accusations of workplace misconduct. And, he routinely gets these claims resolved or thrown out before trial.


 


Mr. La Rocca has worked for clients of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to mom-and-pop shops, across a number of industries, including construction, education, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, legal, newspaper, real estate, sports, telecommunications, and transportation.


 


Mr. La Rocca is a frequent speaker and writer on key developments in the labor and employment field. The state of Oregon recently became the first state in the nation to pass a law providing civil rights protections to unpaid interns based, in part, upon an article Mr. La Rocca wrote in 2006. His writings are cited in the annotations to the New Jersey whistleblowing statute, and a number of law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal.



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  1. Employment: 55%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 20%
  4. Class Action: 5%

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Gibbons P.C.

One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ, 07102-5310

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 201103/13/2015
NJActive200709/10/2015
PAActive200712/01/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV® Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Rising StarSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sidney Reitman American Employment Law Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Society for Human Resource ManagementMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ratliff v. CoStar Realty Info., Inc.The court granted company's motion to dismiss employment discrimination lawsuit in favor of arbitration pursuant to an arbitration agreement the employee signed when she began employment with the company.
March Assoc. Constr., Inc.The National Labor Relations Board certified union election results in the company's favor, and not the union's.
March Assoc. Constr., Inc. v. N.J. Building Laborers Statewide Pension FundThe court allowed company to proceed with a fraud-in-the-execution defense to a pension fund's withdrawal liability claim. The defense stemmed from a union's alleged misconduct while negotiating a collective bargaining agreement.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Law JournalWhere the Continuing Violation Theory Ends under the LAD2014
New Jersey LawyerBullying in the Workplace2014
Employment Law AlertNLRB Accepts Rejection of its Union Poster Rule2014
Employment Law AlertNLRB to Revisit “Quickie” Election Rule2014
Employment Law AlertCollege Football Players Can Unionize Says NLRB Regional Director2014
New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association NewsletterIs Your Company Ready for the Labor Board's "Quickie" Election Rules?2014
Employment Law AlertSupreme Court Finds President’s NLRB “Recess” Appointments Unconstitutional2014
Employment Law AlertConfidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Employment Agreement Deemed Unlawful by NLRB Judge2013
Employment Law Alert"Required" Union Poster Unlawful According to D.C. Circuit2013
Employment Law AlertNLRB to Ask Supreme Court if Board Members Were Lawfully Appointed2013
Employment Law AlertThird Circuit Deems NLRB "Recess Appointments" Unconstitutional2013
Employment Law AlertSupreme Court Will Decide Whether President’s Purported “Recess” Appointments are Constitutional2013
Employment Law AlertNLRB Has Five Board Members for First Time in a Decade2013
Employment Law AlertFederal Appellate Court Deems NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional2013
Employment Law AlertNew Jersey Framework for Analyzing Attorneys' Fees Awards, Including Contingency Fee Enhancements, Unchanged2012
Employment Law AlertQuickie Election Procedures Take Effect Today2012
Employment Law AlertCourt Applies the Brakes to Quickie Election Rules2012
Employment Law AlertNLRB Weighs in on Permissible "At-Will" Employment Language2012
Employment Law AlertNLRB ALJ Strikes (Employer Policies) Again!2012
Employment Law AlertComputer Fraud and Abuse Act Continues to be "Employer Friendly"2011
Employment Law AlertNLRB Postpones Effective Date of Workplace Posting Requirement - Again2011
Employment Law AlertNLRB Postpones Effective Date of Workplace Posting Requirement2011
Employment Law AlertPrivate-Sector Employers Required to Post NLRB Notice About Employee Rights to Unionize2011
Executive CounselUnion Bailout2009
Bender's Labor & Employment BulletinEliminating an Employee’s Chance to Cast a Secret Ballot2008
Financial Executives International“EFCA” Legislation Will Increase Corporate Costs and Liability2008
The Morris County Daily RecordBill May Lead to Job Losses in County2008
DirectorshipEFCA Can Cost Your Company Millions2008
Employment Law 360EFCA – The Right To Vote Under Attack, Again2008
New Jersey LawyerWhat’s in a Name?: Recent Analysis of the Independent Contractor Designation Under CEPA and the NJLAD2008
UCLA Entertainment Law ReviewNo Trust at the NFL: League’s Network Passes Rule of Reason Analysis2008
New Jersey LawyerBlowing Your SOX Off2008
New Jersey Law JournalDealing with Child Pornography in the Workplace2008
New Jersey Law JournalTake Care in Dealing with Injured Employees2007
Entertainment and Sports LawyerA Slice of Pie Productions v. Wayans Bros. Entertainment: Expression Misappropriation and Screenwriting2007
Boston University Public Interest Law JournalLowery v. Klemm: A Failed Attempt at Providing Unpaid Interns and Volunteers with Adequate Employment Protections2006
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor RelationsIndustrial and Labor RelationsBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gibbons P.C.Preparing for the Impact of the NLRB's 'Quickie' Election Rules: A Critical Seminar for Both Union and Non-Union Companies2014
Vistage International, Inc.Employee Free Choice Act2009
West Orange Chamber of CommerceEmployee Free Choice Act2008
Seton Hall UniversityEmployment Practices Liability Insurance2008
Jackson Lewis LLPPositive Employee Relations2008
American Payroll AssociationWage Garnishments2008