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James M. McDonnell

Principal
Morristown

P 973-451-6351
F 973-540-9015
James.McDonnell@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

James M. McDonnell is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management exclusively in all aspects of employment litigation, including restrictive covenants, class-actions, harassment, retaliation, discrimination and wage and hour claims.

Mr. McDonnell regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Mr. McDonnell has successfully represented clients in matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • The Federalist Society
  • Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Committee
  • Sidney Reitman Inn of Court
  • William J. Brennan Inn of Court

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May 10, 2018
Bloomberg BNA

Beth Braddock and James McDonnell Comment on How Multistate Employers are Working to Comply with the New Jersey Paid Leave Act

May 10, 2018

Beth Braddock and James McDonnell comment on the challenges facing temporary staffing agencies and smaller businesses as they prepare to meet the requirements of the New Jersey Paid Leave Act in “Temp Agencies Moving to Comply With NJ Paid Leave Law,” published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 2, 2018
Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business

James McDonnell and Beth Braddock Comment on New Jersey Legislature Passing Paid Sick Leave Bill

May 2, 2018

James McDonnell and Beth Braddock comment on the New Jersey State Senate passing the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act, requiring businesses of all sizes to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to employees during an employer-established benefit year in "New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law Inked by Governor," published by Bloomberg BNA... Read More

April 24, 2018
SHRM

James McDonnell and Beth Braddock Author "New Jersey Legislature Passes Paid-Sick-Leave Bill"

April 24, 2018

James McDonnell and Beth Braddock author "New Jersey Legislature Passes Paid-Sick-Leave Bill," published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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September 20, 2018

New Jersey Department of Labor Releases Proposed Paid Sick Leave Regulations

September 20, 2018

Proposed regulations on the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (NJPSLA) were released by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) on September 18, 2018. The NJPSLA will go into effect on October 29, 2018. The proposed Regulations address some questions created by the Act, but leave others unanswered. Written... Read More

August 13, 2018

Independent Contractor Misclassifications is Focus of New Jersey-U.S. Labor Department Partnership

August 13, 2018

Demonstrating a heightened focus on worker misclassification, the New Jersey Department of Labor has entered into a memorandum of cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor with respect to enforcement actions related to independent contractor misclassifications. Agency officials explained the arrangement promotes “coordinated... Read More

August 13, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2018

August 13, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Disparate impact — discrimination by the numbers Is the FCRA class the new FLSA wage and hour class? Other class action developments... Read More

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Spring Ahead: Staying in Front of New Jersey’s Pay Equity and Paid Sick Leave Laws

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New Jersey Issues Equal Pay Data Reporting Instructions and Forms
August 7, 2018

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued two reporting forms for the new Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act: Contracts for Qualifying Services and Contracts for Public Works. To assist contractors with filing the forms, the state also has issued Instructions. Read More

By James M. McDonnell, Beth L. Braddock and Chris Chrisbens

New Jersey Governor Signs Equal Pay Bill
April 25, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act into law on April 24, 2018. The Act will take effect on July 1, 2018. Read More

NJ Governor Poised to Enact Equal Pay Act
April 17, 2018

On April 24, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy plans to sign the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (the “Act”) into law. Read More