FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2021
Rebecca E. Farbo
Chief Marketing Officer
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP PARTNERS JAMES R. GRASSO AND AMANDA L. LOWE TO HOST BUFFALO NIAGARA HUMAN RESOURCE ASSOCIATION LEGAL UPDATE
Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP Partners James R. Grasso and Amanda L. Lowe will host the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA) Legal Update on Wednesday, June 16, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The presentation, held via Zoom, will provide New York State human resource professionals with the latest information on developing legal issues. Mr. Grasso and Ms. Lowe will address the legal landscape and share practical advice on the New York HERO Act, legalized recreational marijuana, the state’s paid sick leave law, and COVID-19 vaccination guidance.
The event is part of a strategic partnership between BNHRA — Western New York’s preeminent professional human resource organization — and Phillips Lytle LLP. The law firm offers regular educational programs to BNHRA’s membership, including a March 2021 legal update on data security and employment biometrics.
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, as well as 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. His practice also includes representing management in union organizing campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations, as well as in labor arbitrations and before the National Labor Relations Board and New York State Public Employment Relations Board. Mr. Grasso is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021, was named Best Lawyers® Labor Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2021, and is listed in the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2008, 2011-2020.
As a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Team, Ms. Lowe represents both public and private employers regarding employment discrimination, harassment, employee disloyalty and embezzlement, wrongful termination, employment contract disputes, non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants, internal investigations, and defense against government investigations and audits. She regularly counsels clients on policies and compliance issues, as well as presents internally to clients on subjects such as sexual harassment prevention, bias, and investigation training. She is also co-leader of the firm’s Education Practice Team, serving as a chief legal advisor to educational institutions and affiliated entities on both overall strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations. With expertise in representing private secondary and higher education institutions, she regularly counsels clients regarding board governance, compliance, labor and employment matters, internal investigations including Title VII and Title IX, and other matters.