Employment and Labor Law

We assist management and individuals in making informed decisions that are in compliance with current employment & labor law.

The increasing demands of doing business makes compliance with the ever-changing myriad of state and federal employment laws and regulations a challenge without end. Employers and employees need to understand and manage issues including wrongful termination, age discrimination, sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as hostile working conditions and retaliation.

The firm advises clients in all facets of employment and labor law, including matters relating to discharge and discipline; grievance handling and resolution; PERC; wage and hour; and compliance with NJLAD, ADA, Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, as well as the remaining alphabet soup of employment and labor law.

Our attorneys are experienced and accomplished in working with state and federal labor laws, as well as working with labor unions in organizing drives, contract negotiations and grievance proceedings. Laddey Clark & Ryan attorneys are successful in alternate dispute forums, but are prepared to litigate unresolved issues in state, federal and administrative courts.

Public sector employment and labor laws present a unique set of issues in managing employer-employee relations in the public sector. Laddey Clark & Ryan is uniquely qualified and experienced in all aspects of public employment including managing relations in a civil service community and engaging in collective bargaining with public sector labor unions including police, public works and office workers.

Laddey Clark & Ryan attorneys have represented municipal and county employers, as well as individuals, at the OAL; Department of Labor; PERC; Department of Personnel; before the Merit Review Board and in the State and Federal Courts. Our attorneys can counsel public employers through the requirements of public employment discipline, accountability and termination so as to preserve resources while effectively maintaining a productive working environment.


  • Personnel Policy Manuals
  • Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, Severance Agreements
  • Municipal Employment
  • Labor Relations and Contract Negotiations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Employment & Labor Litigation
  • Counseling and Training


Thomas N. Ryan, Practice Leader
Ursula H. Leo, Practice Leader


August 26, 2019
Employee or Independent Contractor? Employee Misclassification is Under Heightened Scrutiny in New Jersey
It is more crucial than ever for employers to take note and ensure their compliance with existing laws pertaining to employee classification. Under Governor Murphy's guidance...
July 29, 2019
New Jersey Bans Employers from Inquiring about Job Applicants' Pay Histories
On July 25, 2019, Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver signed Assembly Bill 1094 into law. The bill amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD") by making it an unlawful...
July 16, 2019
Employers Must Note Changes to New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Law
On July 2, 2019, Governor Murphy signed numerous revisions to the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act ("CUMMA"), into law. CUMMA is now...
July 16, 2019
Jansyn Presenting on Employees and Technology
Jessica Jansyn, employment and labor law attorney and Laddey Clark & Ryan partner, will present...
June 27, 2019
July 1st is Fast Approaching: Changes to New Jersey's Minimum Wage and Tip Credit
In January, we published an e-alert indicating that legislative leaders and Governor Phil Murphy agreed on a deal that will raise New Jersey minimum wage to $15 per hour...
June 11, 2019
Jansyn's Commentary Published in the New Jersey Law Journal
Partner Jessica Jansyn's Commentary, "Keeping Harassment Settlements Confidential After S121" was recently published in the...
May 28, 2019
New Jersey's Expansion on Data Breach Notification Requirements
Currently, New Jersey's data breach notification law requires businesses to notify consumers of a breach of personal information that includes...
May 21, 2019
EEOC Ruling: Employers Must Report Pay Data by September 30, 2019
As a result of the court's April 25, 2019 decision in National Women's Law Center, et al., v. Office of Management and Budget, et al., Civil Action No. 17-cv-2458 (D.D.C.), employers covered by EEO-1...
May 2, 2019
New Jersey Mandates Automatic Retirement Savings Program
On March 28, Governor Murphy signed Bill A4134 into law and established the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program...
March 20, 2019
NJ Prohibits Non-Disclosure Agreements in Harassment Settlements
On March 18, 2019, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed a bill, which is effective immediately and renders non-disclosure clauses in ...
March 1, 2019
New Jersey's Expansion of Family Leave Entitlements
On February 19, 2019, Governor Murphy expanded New Jersey's family and disability leave entitlements by signing Assembly Bill 3975 into …
February 7, 2019
New Jersey Minimum Wage Increasing to $15 Per Hour
On February 4th, Governor Murphy signed legislation that will raise New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. …
January 24, 2019
NJ Club Owner Cannot Avoid Unemployment Taxes for Exotic Dancers
On January 14, 2019, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court decided a case brought by the New …
December 27, 2018
The ACA Is Invalidated But Don't Start Taking Action Yet
On December 14, 2018, a Texas federal court declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) completely unconstitutional. Although U.S. District Court …
October 26, 2018
NJDOL Issues FAQs on new Paid Sick Leave Act
Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Labor issued Frequently Asked Questions and answers on the Paid Sick Leave Act. These …
October 17, 2018
Are You Ready for the Paid Sick Leave Act?
The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act will go into effect on October 29, 2018. …
September 5, 2018
NJ Court Says No to a Reasonable Accommodation for Medical Marijuana
In conjunction with the rise of legalizing/decriminalizing medical, and even recreational marijuana use nationwide, employers increasingly face challenges in regards …
July 9, 2018
Do I Need to Pay Our Summer Interns?
Many private, for-profit employers often ask the question of whether they should be paying their interns (summer interns or otherwise). …
July 2, 2018
New Jersey Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act
The recently passed Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act imposes many new obligations and prohibitions on New Jersey public employers. Municipalities should …
July 2, 2018
United States Supreme Court Eliminates Agency Fees for Public Unions
On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion declaring that public employees who are …
May 8, 2018
All New Jersey Employers Now Required to Provide Sick Leave
The newly signed law requires employers of all sizes to provide sick leave to all employees – including part-time employees. …
December 6, 2017
Court Rules That A Volunteer Firefighter Is Not Protected By CEPA
In Sauter v. Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that true "volunteers" are …
December 6, 2017
Court Rules That A Volunteer Firefighter Is Not Protected By CEPA
In Sauter v. Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that true "volunteers" are …
April 3, 2017
Laddey, Clark & Ryan Attorneys to Host Employment Basics Seminar
As part of their Employment Law Seminar Series, Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP will present Employment Basics for Professional Offices …
February 7, 2017
Laddey, Clark & Ryan Attorneys to Host Best Employment Practices Seminar
As part of their Employment Law Seminar Series, Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP will present Best Employment Practices to Start …