FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2017

Contact:
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
716-847-5444

PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP TO HOST LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW WORKSHOP:
“NEW YORK STATE PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFITS LAW – ARE YOU READY?”
AT ONE CANALSIDE OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN BUFFALO

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP will host a Labor & Employment Law Workshop titled “New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits Law – Are You Ready?” at its Buffalo office located downtown at One Canalside. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 24th from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and is designed for Human Resource Professionals, Personnel Managers, Directors and Managers of Administration, In-house Counsel, and CEOs, COOs and CFOs.

The January 1, 2018 effective date for the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits Law is fast approaching, and employers need to ensure they are in compliance. This session will provide employers with a guide about the steps needed to be ready and will discuss strategies for handling paid family leave, as well as how to best structure leave policies to minimize leave disruptions. Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Partners James D. Donathen and James R. Grasso will present.

Mr. Donathen has practiced in the area of workplace law and litigation for more than 30 years. Mr. Donathen handles federal and state discrimination lawsuits and agency charges under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and the N.Y. Human Rights Law, and investigates and litigates employee disloyalty matters, including covenants not to compete, trade secrets, confidential information and theft of product. In addition to defending civil and criminal Attorney General and other investigations, Mr. Donathen also represents employers in union elections, labor arbitrations, LMRA litigation, and NLRB and PERB proceedings. He defends OSHA workplace accident and other health and safety citations, and fends off wage and hour and employee misclassification claims and lawsuits under the FLSA. Mr. Donathen handles the defense of whistleblower claims under SOX, OSHA, and other federal and state laws. He provides preventative advice and practical business solutions in all of these areas.

Mr. Grasso represents management in the private and public sectors in all aspects of labor and employment law. He counsels clients on workplace policies and practices and legal compliance issues, and represents employers in litigation concerning employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour matters, wrongful termination, employment contract disputes, and confidentiality and non-compete agreements. Mr. Grasso appears regularly before state and federal courts in New York and before federal, state and local administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights and New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Phillips Lytle LLP has been counseling employers since the firm’s founding more than 180 years ago. The firm advises and represents businesses on the full range of current labor and employment issues.

Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices in New York State, Washington, D.C., and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit www.phillipslytle.com.

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