Denise M. Keyser

Tel 856.761.3442
Fax 856.761.1020
New Jersey

Denise M. Keyser has more than 30 years of experience representing national, regional, and locally based businesses in labor and employment matters, including traditional labor law (such as collective bargaining and arbitrations), OSHA, ERISA, wage and hour, employment-at-will, wrongful discharge, discrimination, management training, executive compensation, and affirmative action.

Denise has served as chief spokesperson and lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations for employers in a wide variety of industries, including health care, education, chemical manufacturing, food production, distribution, and public safety. She has long represented several prominent Southern New Jersey hospital systems.

Denise has handled numerous labor arbitrations on both disciplinary and contract interpretation issues. She has experience before a wide range of federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has litigated the gamut of employment and labor law cases in both state and federal courts. In addition, she has worked closely with clients in strategic planning, policies and handbooks, implementing reductions in force and severance programs, resolving compliance issues, developing labor strategies, providing management training programs in response to issues such as #MeToo, and in day-to-day employment counseling.

Denise has been honored by the Pro Bono Partnership as one of its New Jersey Law Firm Volunteers of the Year for 2019, recognizing her pro bono work with individuals and organizations such as Literacy New Jersey, Inc. and South Jersey Legal Services, Inc.

Denise is a frequent speaker on developments in labor and employment law before Bar, business, and community groups, including the National Employment Law Institute and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She also has been quoted in several publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Law360, and other business and legal trade publications.

Recognition & Accomplishments

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2006-present

Chambers USA, labor and employment law (New Jersey), 2003-2020

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law - management and employment law - management, 2006-2021; "Lawyer of the Year," Labor Law - Management (Philadelphia), 2013

Named to South Jersey Magazine's 2019 Awesome Attorneys list

Recipient, New Jersey Volunteers of the Year Award from Pro Bono Partnership, 2019

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Acknowledged by New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, and South Jersey Magazine as a leader in the field of labor and employment law

New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section; past Co-chair, Disability Discrimination Subcommittee, and past Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

The IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, former Chair, Board of Trustees

Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys (ANJMA), founding member and former President

New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Section Quarterly, past member, Editorial Board

Recent Publications

Co-author, "NJ Presumes Workers Comp Coverage for NJ Essential Workers Who Contract COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, September 16, 2020

Chapter co-author, "Impact of Other Employment Laws on ERISA," ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide, Fourth Edition

Co-author, "New OSHA Guidance on Reporting COVID-19 as a Work-Related Illness," Ballard Spahr alert, May 20, 2020

Co-author, "OSHA Issues COVID-19 Safety “Alert” for Construction Workers," Ballard Spahr alert, April 23, 2020

Co-author, "The Great Cover-Up: States Order Workers to Wear Face Coverings," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2020

Co-author, "OSHA Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance Addressing COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2020

Co-author, "NJ Grants Health Care Professionals and Facilities Immunity in Treating COVID-19 Patients," Ballard Spahr alert, April 16, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey Amends Its WARN, Family Leave, and Disability Laws to Address COVID-19 Issues," Ballard Spahr alert, April 15, 2020

Co-author, "Latest Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements for New Jersey Transit and Restaurants," Ballard Spahr alert, April 14, 2020

Co-author, "Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave Expanded to Cover Absences Related to COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, April 14, 2020

Co-author, "New Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements on ‘Essential’ Businesses & Stops All ‘Non-Essential’ Construction In New Jersey," Ballard Spahr alert, April 9, 2020

Co-author, "COVID-19 Triggers New Jersey Employment Legislation," Ballard Spahr alert, "April 6, 2020

Co-author, "CARES Act Loans Come with Labor and Employment Strings Attached," Ballard Spahr alert, March 27, 2020

Co-author, "New York Dramatically Changes Harassment/Discrimination Landscape for Employers," Ballard Spahr alert, August 12, 2019

Co-author, "Zip Your Lips: New Jersey Employers Banned From Asking Salary History," Ballard Spahr alert, July 30, 2019

Co-author, "New York Expands Salary Protections for Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, July 11, 2019

Co-author, "New Jersey Prohibits Particular Waiver and Non-Disclosure Provisions in Employee Contracts and Settlement Agreements," Ballard Spahr alert, March 19, 2019

Co-author, "District Court Revives Obama-era EEO-1 Reporting Requirements," Ballard Spahr alert, March 6, 2019

Co-author, "New Jersey Expands Leave Benefits for Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, February 21, 2019

Co-author, "As Promised, New Jersey Hikes Minimum Wage," Ballard Spahr alert, February 5, 2019

Co-author, "Make a U-Turn Now: NLRB Re-Writes Independent Contractor Test," Ballard Spahr alert, January 28, 2019

Co-author, "OSHA Rolls Back Obama-Era Reporting Requirements to Protect Employee Privacy," Ballard Spahr alert, January 25, 2019

Co-author, "Updates to New York State Guidance to Employers on Sexual Harassment Policies and Trainings," Ballard Spahr alert, October 8, 2018

Co-author, "NY State Issues Guidance to Employers on Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Requirements," Ballard Spahr alert, August 27, 2018 

Co-author, "NLRB Guides Employers on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing," Ballard Spahr alert, June 12, 2018

Co-author, "New Jersey Passes New Law on Pay Equity — and Much More," Ballard Spahr alert, April 24, 2018

Co-author, "Second Circuit Permits Longer Look-Back Period for Repeat OSHA Violations," Ballard Spahr alert, February 16, 2018 

Co-author, "A New Governor Takes Office: What NJ Employers Can Expect," Ballard Spahr alert, January 18, 2018

Recent Speaking Engagements

Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment Group

"The Most Pressing NLRA Issues for Employers Amidst COVID-19," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 17, 2020

"Employee Experience Focused Workplace," Ballard Spahr CLE, July 2019

"Workplace Equity, Beyond the Gender Gap," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 2019

"Moving Beyond #MeToo: Harassment, Discrimination and Pay Equity in the Manufacturing Workplace," The Evolving Manufacturing Industry: Legal Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities, Ballard Spahr webinar, October 2018

"The Trump Board: The NLRB's New Direction & New Developments," 2018 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 14, 2018 

"Mind Your (Pay) Gap: What Employers Need to Know About Pay Equity," Ballard Spahr's Seventh Annual SLC Fall Employment Law Seminar, November 1, 2017

"Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later – Avoiding Wage & Hour Lawsuits Under the DOL's New Rules," Ballard Spahr's Sixth Annual Fall Employment Law Seminar, Salt Lake City, November 3, 2016

"The Orwellian Age, Big Brother and Workplace Privacy," 2016 HR Legal Summit, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, September 9, 2016 

National Employment Law Institute (NELI)

"Critical NLRB Developments Under the Trump Administration," 39th Annual Employment Law Conference, Austin, TX, November 16, 2018

"Critical NLRB Developments," Webinar, April 11, 2018

Trump and the NLRB: What the Future Holds, 38th Annual Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., November 17, 2017

"Continued Expansion of the NLRB's Reach," 2016 Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2016

"Independent Contractor Misclassification," 40th Annual Employment Law Update, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

"Workplace Rules Post-Boeing," Webinar: New NLRB Guidance for Workplace Rules Post-Boeing, July 13, 2018

New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education and New Jersey Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

"Social Media and the NLRA," 2018 Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law, June 1, 2018 

"Understanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination: Arbitration Agreements and Mediation," 2016 Labor & Employment Law Forum, August 12, 2016

"Social Media and the NLRA," 2016 Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law, June 3, 2016

Philadelphia CFO Leadership Council

"Law School for the CFO: The Digital Divide,"Philadelphia CFO Leadership Council program, March 19, 2015

Society for Human Resource Management

"President Obama’s Executive Orders: What They Mean for Federal Contractors and Everyone Else," Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar, April 16, 2015

"ADA and FMLA: When is Enough, Enough?" Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar, April 16, 2015

"Safe Terminations: High-Risk Situations," Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar, April 15, 2014

Tri-State Human Resources Management Association

"Before You Hit Send – The Perils of Email" and "Selected Issues in Wage and Hour Law," 14th Annual Tri-State Human Resources Management Association’s 2016 HR Toolkit for Non-Profits, July 15, 2016

"'Hot-Button’ Issues Under the ADA" and "Turn the Other Cheek: Avoiding Retaliation in the Employment and Whistleblower Context," 14th Annual Tri-State HR 101, July 10, 2015

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1983)

State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A.1980, with high honors)

New Jersey