Employers Association of New Jersey
A nonprofit association helping employers create exceptional workplaces since 1916.

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"I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed today’s seminar.   Clearly there was a lot of thought and effort put into delivering such a detailed and up to date presentation and I really appreciate what was provided.   The day exceeded my expectations and I look forward to attending upcoming seminars."

- Brenda Santillo
Human Resources Director
Avionic Instruments

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Staff Bios


John J. Sarno, Esq.

John J. Sarno specializes in employment and labor law. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts, including wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge, and often advises EANJ members on how to develop and implement strategies to operate their businesses with minimum external interference from labor unions and with the flexibility necessary to compete. He regularly counsels management on proactive policies and practices to maintain positive employee relations and advises member companies in many areas of employment law, including ADA, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, drug and alcohol testing and employment discrimination. He publishes extensively on labor and employment law and regularly teaches HR law. As president of EANJ, John provides executive, strategic and thought leadership. Contact John Sarno at john@eanj.org

Rebecca J. Dent

Becky has been with the Association for more than 35 years, providing day-to-day guidance to employers on a wide range of Human Resources procedures and policies, and regulatory and legislative requirements including compliance with Federal Family Medical Leave Act, NJ Family Leave Act, COBRA, State Plan Disability, Unemployment Compensation, OSHA, federal and State Wage/Hour, among others. In addition to advising companies on specific situations, she is also an experienced educator on Human Resources topics. Contact Becky Dent at becky@eanj.org


Barbara A. Cordasco

Barbara Cordasco has been with EANJ for over 30 years during which she has written several hundred Affirmative Action Plans for government contractors, including financial institutions. She has been instrumental in successfully guiding companies through well over 100 OFCCP Compliance Reviews. Additionally, she conducts workshops and answers member questions specific to Affirmative Action and EEO requirements and provides in-house training and consultation to companies on writing, maintaining and updating an AAP.  Barbara received the EPIC Award from OFCCP for outstanding outreach to federal government contractors.  Currently, Barbara conducts in-house training on such issues as diversity, team building, conflict resolution and performance management for EANJ members.  She is a member of a North Jersey Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management; the American Association for Affirmative Action and is an invited attendee at the quarterly New Jersey Industrial Liaison Meetings.  Contact Barbara Cordasco at barbara@eanj.org

Amy M. Vazquez

For over 15 years, Amy has kept the EANJ membership informed and up-to-date on current and emerging employment law issues, including legislative and regulatory compliance mandates, developing case law and agency directives.  Amy curates timely and relevant legal content for publication and manages EANJ’s digital and social media platforms.  Additionally, she advises members on FLSA and NJ wage and hour compliance, FMLA, NJ FLA, NJ FLI and COBRA.  Amy holds a Certificate in Human Resource Studies from Cornell University, a B.A. in History from Montclair State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Penn State University. Contact Amy Vazquez at amy@eanj.org



Robin M. Ross, Esq.

Robin has over 20 years of legal experience in the labor and employment field and earned her B.A. from Clark University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Robin has extensive experience in such areas of the law as discrimination, WARN, OSHA, NLRB obligations and prohibitions, and FLSA. Robin conducts training programs and workshops on such topics as Introduction to Employment Laws, Immigration Law, Diversity, Leadership Training, and Preventing Harassment in the Workplace as well as other management programs. She also counsels members on all aspects of the daily functioning of the Human Resources department, including assessment of legal liabilities, drafting and implementation of personnel manuals. Contact Robin M. Ross at robin@eanj.org


Special Legal Advisors

Andree Laney, Esq.

Andree is a former senior trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she litigated employment discrimination cases in federal court. She has served as an EEOC judge where she conducted hearings and resolved discrimination charges brought by federal employees against all federal agencies.  Andree also served as Employment Counsel/Labor Relations Director for the City of New York, where she counseled management on personnel on employee-relations issues. She has also served as counsel of several major law firms in the NY Metropolitan area. As a staff member of EANJ, Andree will provide on-site compliance training and teach HR law courses.  Contact Andree at andree@eanj.org


Marvin M. Goldstein, Esq.

Marvin is former Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, which provides a wide variety of legal services to employers nationally and worldwide. Marvin has represented employers in all aspects of labor and employee relations law since 1970. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, banking, retail, health care, restaurant, trucking, warehouse and distribution, and auto rental. In addition, Marvin has had a nationwide employment litigation practice where he represents employers in both state and federal courts. He represents employers in employment arbitration, labor arbitration, and before administrative boards such as the NLRB and various civil rights agencies. Contact Marvin M. Goldstein at marvin@goldstein-consulting.com

General Counsel

Mark A. Saloman, Esq 

Mark helps EANJ develop its legal strategy before the Supreme Court and appellate division of New Jersey. He is a partner at FordHarrison  and handles employment litigation and advises clients throughout the country on all aspects of employment law, including discharge, discipline and other personnel problems, internal investigations, and leave of absence issues. He is available to consult with EANJ members on an as needed basis.


Special Training Advisor

Christopher D’Marco

Christopher D’Marco is Co-Managing Member of Change & Response Strategies, a firm that provides customized training to EANJ members across all industries, including nonprofit, manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, pharmaceutical, finance, technology, academic, state and municipal.  With over twenty years of experience working within diverse and multi-constituent environments, Chris is known for his collaborative, practical and results driven approach to designing supervisory training, implementing organization and staff development strategies and facilitating interactive training programs. Regardless of an organization's size, mission or stage in its lifecycle, Chris helps organizations meet the ever-increasing challenge to be more effective, efficient, agile, innovative and resilient. Contact Chris D’Marco at info@changeandresponse.com

Member Services

Jonathan Illenye

Jonathan has been serving the EANJ Membership for over 5 years in a wide variety of administrative functions. In addition to conducting many of EANJ’s daily operational tasks such as database management, event coordination and support projects, Jonathan works closely with potential and new members to facilitate membership enrollment and access to EANJ’s popular healthcare trust. Additionally, Jonathan conducts Rates of Pay surveys, provides model sample policies and performs custom research and benchmarking projects for members. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Berkeley College. Contact Jonathan Illenye at jonathan@eanj.org


Jane DiRoma

Jane has been with EANJ for over two decades. Under the EANJ bylaws, Jane reports directly to the president and is responsible for maintaining EANJ’s financial records, processing both accounts payable and receivable, producing financial reports and assisting with audits.  Additionally, Jane provides a variety of administrative support services, including the maintenance of all insurance and tax records, as well as reports to the EANJ board of directors. Jane holds a business degree from Montclair State University. You can reach Jane at jane@eanj.org



In Memoriam

Harold R. Hawkey, Esq.   

Harold was hired by the Association as Assistant Secretary to the Board in 1948.  Educated at Princeton and with a law degree from Columbia, he was promoted to Secretary, a position that evolved to Executive Director.  Under his direction, EANJ became one of the premier employers’ associations in the country. Harold’s dedicated and distinguished service to EANJ ended with his retirement in 2000 – 52 years of unwavering commitment to service and an exceptionally high standard of excellence – values that remain the core of EANJ.



EANJ is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to improving employer-employee relations and facilitating the exchange of information among employers. It does not render legal services, offer legal opinion or engage in the practice of law.