Ramon E. Rivera
Chair of  Labor & Employment


Ramon Rivera focuses his practice on the representation of public employers and private corporations in traditional labor and employment matters. He is primarily responsible for the representation of numerous public entities and municipalities with regard to various labor and employment issues. Additionally, he specifically focuses on labor negotiations, interest arbitrations, grievance arbitrations and disciplinary hearings for public employers. Mr. Rivera also reviews and revises employee manuals and aids in conducting anti-harassment training for employees. Further, he has appeared before the federal, state and administrative courts on various labor and employment matters, including but not limited to, trials, settlement negotiations and motions. Mr. Rivera also has significant experience dealing with issues under federal and state statutes including, inter alia, Title VII, NJLAD, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and NJFLA. Mr. Rivera is a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Labor & Employment of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Rivera also practices in the areas of land use law. Mr. Rivera’s land use practice involves working with private corporations and developers with regard to development and redevelopment projects, including providing assistance with land use applications and related litigation. Mr. Rivera is currently working with several private entities in Essex County on land use matters.

Mr. Rivera is very active in the community. He volunteers on the resource development committee of La Casa De Don Pedro, a nonprofit entity that provides housing assistance, day care, credit union and senior citizen services to residents of Newark. He is a trustee of the Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey and serves on CPNJ’s Human Rights and Development Committees. He was just recently named Chair of CPNJ’s Governance Committee. Mr. Rivera is a member of the Steering Committee of the Newark Re-entry Legal Services Network, an initiative sponsored by Newark Mayor Cory Booker whose purpose is to provide free legal services to ex-offenders as they seek to re-enter society.

Mr. Rivera received his BA from Wesleyan University and his JD from Rutgers University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the Rutgers Race & Law Review. Prior to joining private practice, he was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward W. Beglin Jr., Assignment Judge, Union County, New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Rivera is a Certified Court Mediator.

Mr. Rivera was chosen for inclusion in the “New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2007″ list. The Rising Stars list includes the “top up-and-coming lawyers in the state” and is compiled by conducting a poll followed up by a detailed and independent research process that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The New Jersey Law Journal named Mr. Rivera to their “40 Under 40” list for 2007, an annual list that featured lawyers “worthy of attention due to what they have accomplished in their careers so far.” The Law Journal editors chose lawyers who have developed practice niches, demonstrated leadership potential by work in practice groups or committees and amassed a book of business and a solid record of trial, appellate or transactional work. They also looked for pro bono work and charitable, community and other volunteer activities.

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EEOC Files First Transgender Discrimination Suit
Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed its first transgender discrimination suits against a private employer under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The latest legal development reinforces that preventing transgender discrimination should be on every employer’s radar. The EEOC and Transgender Discrimination In 2012, the EEOC ruled that employment discrimination against employees because they are transgender, because of their gender identity, and/or because they have transitioned (or intend to transition) constitutes sex discrimination in violation of Title VII. However, recently filed suits in Michigan and Florida are the first to test the commission’s position […]

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Voting Leave: Are Employers Required to Grant Employees Time Off to Cast Their Ballots?
Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. While most employees are able to cast their ballots outside of their working hours, some may need to take time off to vote. State law dictates whether employers need to provide employees time off to vote. While 32 states have regulations in place, the requirements differ widely, particularly with regard to whether the leave must be paid or unpaid. Therefore, it is imperative to consult with local counsel. For New Jersey businesses, you are off the hook. The Garden State is one of the few states that do not have voting leave laws. […]

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Is Telecommuting Good for Your New Jersey Business?
Posted on Friday October 24, 2014

New research suggests that allowing employees to work from home could actually lead to better performance. But is your New Jersey business ready to abandon the traditional office structure? The Benefits of Telecommuting As Reuters reports, the latest telecommuting study surveyed more than 300 full-time employees along with their supervisors. It found that employees who telecommuted scored higher in their ability to work well with others and job dedication when evaluated by their bosses. “We have many reasons to expect that telecommuters should work as well or better than others,” said Ravi S. Gajendran, professor of business at the University […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Address Pregnancy Discrimination
Posted on Thursday August 28, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider yet another high-profile women’s health issue next term. In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the justices will determine what types of accommodations employers must make for pregnant workers. As we discussed last week, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) provides that “women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes…as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.” However, the statute does not specifically address accommodations for pregnant workers. The Facts of the Case Peggy Young was employed as a […]

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Court Rules NJLAD Protects Divorcing Workers
Posted on Wednesday August 06, 2014

While you may lose your house or your dog when your marriage ends, you shouldn’t lose your job. In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) protects employees who are going through a divorce. The Facts of the Case In Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad, Plaintiff Robert Smith alleged that he was terminated from his position as Director of Operations at Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) because management was concerned about the likelihood of an ugly or messy divorce. Smith and his wife, who was also employed […]

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