Ralph R. Smith, 3rd

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Practice
Mount Laurel,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Health Care and Dental Law
  • Labor and Employment
University Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1986
Law SchoolTemple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., Cum Laude, 1989
Admitted1990, New Jersey; 1990, Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Memberships

•Camden County Bar Association, Member
•Camden County Inns of Court, Member
•New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
•New Jersey Federal Bar Association, Member
•Society of Human Resource Management, Member
•Widner University Graduate School of Business, Adjunct Professor


Mr. Smith practices in employment litigation and preventative employment practices, including counseling employers on the creation of employment policies, non-compete and trade secret agreements, and training employers to avoid employment-related litigation. He represents both companies and individuals in related complex commercial litigation before federal states courts and administrative agencies in labor and employment cases including race, gender, age, national origin, disability and workplace harassment and discrimination matters, wage-and-hour disputes, restrictive covenants, grievances, arbitrations, drug testing, and employment related contract issues.

Mr. Smith also counsels health care clients in reviewing employment contracts, negotiating restrictive covenants and handling actions related to the enforcement of noncompete provisions against physicians and other health care professionals.


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• Capehart Scatchard Employment Attorney Addresses Human Resources Best Practices


• New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Employer Defense to Harassment Claims
• New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Required Independent Contractor Test Under Wage and Hour Laws
• Third Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Strenuous Standard for Harassment Claims Under Title VII
• New Jersey Appeal Court Reaffirms Legal Importance of Workplace Anti-Harassment Measures
• New Jersey Joins the “Ban The Box” Crowd
• Public Employee Has First Amendment Right to Refuse Flu Shot
• Third Circuit Weighs in on “Donning and Doffing” Issue
• Court Upholds Dismissal of Corrections Officer Who Could Not Possess Firearm
• NJLAD Now Expressly Prohibits Pregnancy Discrimination
• Employee's Whistleblower Claim Reinstated Under Recent Appellate Division Decision
• Five New Years Resolutions for Your Workplace in 2014

Past Experience

•Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, current Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey Camden

Published Works

•September 11th and Its Effect on the Workplace, Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter
•Supreme Court Weighs in on FMLA, Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter
•The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter
•United States Supreme Court Weighs in on FMLA Notice Requirements, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Blowing in the Wind - The Future of New Jersey's Non-Compete Law, and, The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing, New Jersey Collegiate Press Association Publication
•Chapter 6 - Terms and Conditions of Employment, Co-Author, “Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook,”, 2012 and 2014 Editions


•Background Checks: Top 10 Do's and Don't's, Lorman Education Services webinar, 2015
•Safe Terminations, Southern Shore Human Resource Management Association of NJ, Inc., 2015
•Conducting Background Checks: Employee Privacy Rights and Hiring Decisions, National Constitution Center, 2015
•Unlawful Harassment Preventing and Addressing Harassment in the Workplace, in-house presentation to client Evesham MUA, 2014
•Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with a Crime, Lorman Education Services live webinar, 2014
•Employment Law: 2014 Comprehensive Guide, National Business Institute, 2014
•Unlawful Harassment: Preventing and Addressing Harassment in the Workplace, Conair Corporation, 2014
•Preventing Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace, in-house presentation to Cherry Hill Diner, 2014
•Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services, 2014
•15 th Annual Hiring and Terminating: The Ins and Outs of Employment Law, Sterling Education Services, 2014
•Managing the Managing Process: How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues in New Jersey, Lorman Education Services, 2014
•Conducting Background Checks, Southern Shore HR Management Association of New Jersey, 2014
•The Affordable Care Act - Obamacare, The Hellenic Expo, 2014
• Managing the Managing Process: How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues in New Jersey, Lorman Educational Services, 2014
•Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with a Crime, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2014
•Conducting Background Checks, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2014
•Handling Employees Who Are Arrested and/or Charged With (But Not Convicted of) Crimes, Clear Law Institute webinar, 2014
•Policies and Procedures in Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with Crimes, audio conference, Lorman Education Services, 2013
•“Best Practices in Labor and Employment”, Sterling Education Services, Wilmington, DE, 2013
•The New World Revisited - Navigating the Often Treacherous Waters of American Employment Law, Italy American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, 2013
•How the HR Department Can Save the Company Money, Lorman Education Services, September 2013
•Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, Newark, NJ, August 2013
•Human Resources Law What you Need to Know Now, National Business Institute, August 2013
•Restrictive Covenants and the Medical Professional, Asian Indian Professionals Association, 2013
•Fair Labor Standard Act in New Jersey, Lorman Education Services, 2013
•Conducting Background Checks, Lorman Education Services, 2013
•Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services, 2012


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Wrongful Discharge Public Policy Claim Does Not Extend to Discharge Due to Close Association with a Convicted Co-Worker
Ralph R. Smith, April 13, 2015
In a recent decision, the New Jersey Appellate Division was asked to decide whether a wrongful discharge public policy claim could be brought against a public entity employer who discharged an employee as part of a layoff and the employee claimed that the discharge occurred because of his close...

Beware of Upcoming New Jersey Minimum Wage Increase
Ralph R. Smith, February 19, 2015
As previously reported in this newsletter, a New Jersey Constitutional Amendment that was approved in 2013 requires that the state’s minimum wage rate be adjusted annually, effective January 1st of each year, by any annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) calculated by...

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Required Independent Contractor Test Under Wage and Hour Laws
Ralph R. Smith, February 18, 2015
On January 14, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court handed down its long awaited decision in Hargrove v. Sleepy’s (NJ S.Ct. A 70-12) (072742) that finally clarifies the legal standard for determining when someone is an independent contractor under New Jersey’s wage and hour laws.

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Ralph R. Smith, 3rd

8000 Midlantic Drive
Mount LaurelNJ 08054


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