FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2020
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP ATTORNEYS TO HOST BUFFALO NIAGARA HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION LEGAL UPDATE: NEW YORK STATE IS REOPENING FOR BUSINESS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP Partners Joanna J. Chen and James D. Donathen will host the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA) Legal Update titled, “New York State is Reopening for Business – What You Need to Know.” The event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, June 17th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This legal update will provide New York State human resource managers with up-to-the-minute information regarding federal and State guidelines on the reopening of businesses. Ms. Chen and Mr. Donathen will share their expertise on labor and employment issues, and COVID-19 related issues.
Ms. Chen counsels private and public entities on employment matters, as well as defending federal and state employment lawsuits involving the FLSA, Titles II and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA and the New York Human Rights Law. Additionally, she has experience in the areas of class action and complex commercial disputes, including theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, and business torts.
Mr. Donathen has practiced in the area of workplace law and litigation for over 30 years. He handles federal and state discrimination lawsuits and agency charges under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA and the New York 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, training and practical business solutions in all of these areas.