Ralph R. Smith, 3rd

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Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Department


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.

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

Classes/Seminars

  • “Avoiding Wage and Hour Audits: Best Practices for Staying in Compliance” webinar, Clear Law Institute, September 2017
  • “Wage Payment Irregularities: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Wage and Hour Audits and Other Legal Problems” webinar, Clear Law Institute, July 2017
  • “The New Federal Rules: What Has Changed,” National Business Institute, June 2017
  • “How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues” webinar, Clear Law Institute, May 2017
  • “Termination and Retaliation Issues” and “ADA Accommodation Issues and Possible Impact Upon Comp Benefits,” Sterling Education Services, April 2017
  • “New Jersey Employment Law,” National Business Institute, April 2017
  • “Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination: Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace,” Foulke Management Corporation, March 2017
  • “Background Checks: Top 10 Do’s and Don’t’s,” Lorman Educational Services webinar, January 2017
  • “The Perilous Connection of Workers’ Compensation, FMLA and ADA,” New Jersey Self Insurers’ Association, November 2016
  • “Human Resource Law from A to Z,” National Business Institute, September 2016
  • “Is it Safe Yet? Terminating Employees on Workers’ Compensation and Avoiding ADA and FMLA Law Suits,” Millennium Seminars, July 2016
  • “Creating FMLA Compliance Strategies:  Avoiding Wage and Hour Audits,” Lorman Educational Services, July 2016
  • “Employment Law:  Rights, Benefits and Emerging Issues,” Sterling Education Services, July 2016
  • “Background Checks:  Top 10 Do’s and Don’t’s,” Lorman Educational Services, July 2016
  • Employee Handbooks, Compliance IQ, June 2016
  • Representing Your Client in Federal Court, National Business Institute, May 2016
  • Workplace Challenges of Privacy, Social Media and Technology, Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • Termination and Retaliation Issues, Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • Workplace Challenges of Privacy, Social Media and Technology,” in-house seminar to clients, 2016
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” a monthly breakfast seminar series for clients and friends, March-May 2016
  • ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation, Sterling Education Services, Wilmington, DE, 2016
  • Advanced Employment Law, National Business Institute, 2016
  • Starting the Year off Right: Legal Issues and Answers Concerning Healthcare Background Check Compliance, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2015
  • HIPPA Compliance: Are You ‘Hip’ to HIPPA, Conti Group, 2015
  • Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with a Crime, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2015
  • Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination: Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, Simmons Pet Food, Inc., 2015
  • Employees Who Have Been Charged with a Crime, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2015
  • Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination: Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, 2015
  • Expanding Paid Sick Leave laws in 2015, Clear law Institute webinar, 2015
  • Background Checks: Top 10 Do’s and Dont’s, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2015
  • Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace, and Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues, Sterling Educational Services, 2015
  • The 16th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services 2015
  • The Affordable Care Act, The Greek American Chamber of Commerce (Greater Philadelphia Chapter) in conjunction with the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia, 2015
  • Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination: Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, in-house presentation to the client, Bowman & Company, LLP & Foulke Management Corporation, 2015
  • Expanding Paid Sick Leave Laws in 2015, Lorman Education Services webinar, 2015
  • Policies and Procedures in Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with Crimes, Lorman Education Services webinar, 2015
  • 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
  • 15th 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

Published Works

  • HResource” a blog published by the attorneys in Capehart Scatchard’s labor and employment group featuring useful tips for employers and human resources professionals as to how to keep the workplace, and workplace policies, in compliance with state and federal employment laws, contributing author, 2016.
  • 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