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 even in the face of union organizing campaigns. When conflict is unavoidable, employers call on Mr. La Rocca to aggressively represent them in litigation. He routinely gets claims of workplace misconduct resolved or thrown out before trial, and has prosecuted non-compete cases against former employees to judgment, including one case that resulted in a judgment in excess of $7.5 million for his client.
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 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 have been cited in numerous publications, including the Yale Law Journal.
Mr. La Rocca helps employers create corporate cultures that foster business objectives, boost employee morale, and, of course, comply with the law. He does so by working with management to craft workplace policies that drive the bottom line, treat workers with dignity and respect, and minimize legal exposure. He also trains workforces on implementing these policies.
Traditional Labor Law
Businesses count on Mr. La Rocca to defend them from an assortment of allegations, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage/hour violations. He litigates cases before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights Commission, and arbitrators.
Mr. La Rocca handles a wide range of labor matters for companies. For example, he helps employers negotiate collective bargaining agreements, combat union efforts to organize their workplaces, and win grievances and unfair labor practice charges filed by unions before the National Labor Relations Board, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, and arbitrators.
Mr. La Rocca’s experience with collective bargaining and labor arbitrations has been a valuable asset to The Gibbons Sports Law practice. For example, he has worked as part of the team representing a Major League Baseball player in an arbitration stemming from a contract dispute.