James J. La Rocca

James J. La Rocca has extensive experience defending employers from claims of age, disability, gender, and race discrimination. Additionally, he regularly represents employers in labor disputes with unions, including employers who are targeted by union organizing efforts.

Mr. La Rocca also counsels employers on preventative practices to minimize workplace disputes, including policies for handling employee discipline and leaves. He performs wage and hour audits for employers as well, and represents them in actions by employees who seek unpaid overtime.

Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2007)
Dean’s Scholar
Executive Editor, Public Interest Law Journal
Vice President, Labor & Employment Law Society

Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (B.S., 2004)
Dean’s Scholar
Cornell National Scholar
Dorf Scholar (Promise in Labor & Employment Law)

Professional Admissions
State of New Jersey

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New York

"Supreme Court Finds President’s NLRB “Recess” Appointments Unconstitutional," Employment Law Alert, June 30, 2014

"Is Your Company Ready for the Labor Board’s 'Quickie' Election Rules?," NJCCA Newsletter, April 2014 (John C. Romeo, James J. La Rocca)

"College Football Players Can Unionize Says NLRB Regional Director," Employment Law Alert, March 27, 2014 (John C. Romeo, James J. La Rocca)

"NLRB to Revisit "Quickie" Election Rule," Employment Law Alert, February 6, 2014

"NLRB Accepts Rejection of its Union Poster Rule," Employment Law Alert, January 7, 2014

"NLRB Has Five Board Members for First Time in a Decade," Employment Law Alert, August 14, 2013

"Supreme Court Will Decide Whether President's Purported "Recess" Appointments are Constitutional," Employment Law Alert, June 24, 2013

"Third Circuit Deems NLRB "Recess Appointments" Unconstitutional," Employment Law Alert, May 22, 2013

"'Required' Union Poster Unlawful According to D.C. Circuit," Employment Law Alert, May 13, 2013

"NLRB to Ask Supreme Court if Board Members Were Lawfully Appointed," Employment Law Alert, March 14, 2013

"A Friendly Reminder that the NLRB Workplace Posting Requirement Has Been Postponed Indefinitely," Employment Law Alert, February 19, 2013

"Federal Appellate Court Deems NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional," Employment Law Alert, January 31, 2013

"Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Employment Agreement Deemed Unlawful by NLRB Judge," Employment Law Alert, January 15, 2013

"NLRB ALJ Strikes (Employer Policies) Again!," Employment Law Alert, November 29, 2012

"NLRB Weighs in on Permissible "At-Will" Employment Language," Employment Law Alert, November 12, 2012

"Court Applies the Brakes to "Quickie" Election Rules," Employment Law Alert, May 16, 2012

""Quickie" Election Procedures Take Effect Today," Employment Law Alert, April 30, 2012

"New Jersey Framework for Analyzing Attorneys' Fee Awards, Including Contingency Fee Enhancements, Unchanged," Employment & Labor Law Alert, February 2, 2012

"Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Continues to be "Employer Friendly"," Employment Law Alert, December 29, 2011 and E-Discovery Law Alert

"NLRB Postpones Effective Date of Workplace Posting Requirement - Again," Employment Law Alert, December 28, 2011

"NLRB Postpones Effective Date of Workplace Posting Requirement," Employment Law Alert, October 7, 2011

"Private-Sector Employers Required to Post NLRB Notice About Employee Rights to Unionize," Employment Law Alert, September 29, 2011

"Union Bailout," Executive Counsel, 2009

"EFCA Legislation Will Increase Corporate Costs & Liability," Financial Executives International, 2008

"Bill May Lead to Job Losses in County," The Morris County Daily Record, 2008

"Eliminating an Employee's Chance to Cast a Secret Ballot," Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2008

"EFCA Can Cost Your Company Millions," Directorship, 2008

"EFCA--The Right to Vote Under Attack, Again," Law360, 2008

"What's in a Name?: Recent Analysis of the Independent Contractor Designation Under CEPA & the NJLAD," New Jersey Lawyer, 2008

"Blowing Your SOX Off," New Jersey Lawyer, 2008

"Dealing with Child Pornography in the Workplace," New Jersey Law Journal, 2008

"No Trust at the NFL: League's Network Passes Rule of Reason Analysis," UCLA Entertainment Law Review, 2008

"Take Care in Dealing with Injured Employees," New Jersey Law Journal, 2007

"A Slice of Pie Productions v. Wayans Bros. Entertainment: Expression Misappropriation & Screenwriting," Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, 2007

"Lowery v. Klemm: A Failed Attempt at Providing Unpaid Interns & Volunteers with Adequate Employment Protections," Boston University Public Interests Law Journal, 2006

Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Preparing for the Impact of the NLRB's 'Quickie' Election Rules," Newark, NJ. April 10, 2014

Listed as Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment & Labor, 2014

Judicial Clerkship(s)
Legal intern to the Honorable Eugene H. Austin, J.S.C., Superior Court, Hackensack, NJ, 2005

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James J. La Rocca Attorney at Law
James J. La Rocca
Employment & Labor Law

Contact Information
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5310

Direct: 973-596-4633
Fax:      973-639-6488
JLaRocca @gibbonslaw.com
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