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James M. McDonnell

Principal
Berkeley Heights

P 908-795-5208
F 908-464-2614
James.McDonnell@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

James M. McDonnell is a Principal in the Berkeley Heights, 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.

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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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June 24, 2019

New Jersey Minimum Wage Hike on July 1, 2019

June 24, 2019

The New Jersey minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour for many employees in the state on July 1, 2019.  Thereafter, on January 1 of each year, the minimum wage will increase by another $1.00 per hour, until it ultimately reaches $15.00 per hour in 2024. After 2024, the rate will continue to increase based on the federal... Read More

June 24, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2019

June 24, 2019

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: Who gets notice of a collective action – and why it matters Arbitration agreements Considerations regarding whether to adopt or continue... Read More

June 17, 2019

New Jersey Enacts Panic Device Law for Hotel Workers

June 17, 2019

New Jersey has enacted a law requiring hotels with at least 100 guest rooms to provide employees in housekeeping or room service with panic devices. The law also sets recordkeeping and security protocol requirements covered hotels must comply with by January 1, 2020. The Legislature enacted the law to protect workers (whom the law... 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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Court Holds New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act Will Not Be Applied Retroactively
February 21, 2019

The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (NJEPA) does not apply retroactively to conduct occurring before to its effective date, July 1, 2018, a federal district court has ruled. Perrotto v. Morgan Advanced Materials, 2:18-cv-13825-WJM-MF (D. N.J. Jan. 14, 2019). The court granted the employer’s motion to dismiss. Read More

New Jersey Becomes Latest State to Enact a $15 Minimum Wage Law
February 5, 2019

With its governor’s signature yesterday, New Jersey became the latest – and the third largest – state to pass a $15.00 per hour minimum wage bill.  The only states with larger populations than New Jersey passing such $15 minimum wage bills are California and New York, which enacted similar laws in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Read More

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 F. Christopher Chrisbens