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Labor and Employment Law

Rochester Business Journal Webinar Series

Local experts will discuss what businesses need to know about changes to labor and employment law at both the federal and state level over the first half of the year.

10 a.m. July 15

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Panelists:

Elizabeth Cordello
Lorisa LaRocca
Kevin Mulvehill
Hinna Upal
Elizabeth Cordello
Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC
Lorisa LaRocca
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Kevin Mulvehill
Phillips Lytle LLP
Hinna Upal
Littler

Sponsored by:

Phillips Lytle LLP
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Panelist bios:

Elizabeth Cordello
Elizabeth Cordello has a wide range of experience in all aspects of labor and employment law in a variety of industries including health care, construction, manufacturing, food and beverage and agriculture. She represents public- and private-sector employers with advisement on matters regarding hiring, terminations, discipline, workplace safety and health, workplace accommodation requests, wage and hour, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, retaliation, employment litigation, and more.

Within the health care industry, Cordello has extensive experience in assisting with union and labor matters unique to the health care space. This includes, but is not limited to, health care collective bargaining, union avoidance, grievance, discipline matters and NLRB matters.

Cordello represents and counsels clients with respect to intellectual property and trademark matters. In addition to helping clients leverage and protect their valuable intellectual assets, she represents clients in trademark disputes and in matters pending in court or before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Cordello is a frequent speaker and published author on the latest developments in employment law. She also has extensive experience in presenting training programs to managers and employees regarding discrimination, harassment, whistleblowers, retaliation, and other employment-related issues.

Lorisa LaRocca
Lorisa LaRocca is a partner and chairperson of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP’s Labor & Employment Department. In this capacity she concentrates her practice in all areas of labor and employment counseling and litigation. She routinely counsels organizations on all employment related matters, conducts employer trainings, represents clients in Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor investigations, audits, drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment contracts and other employment related policies, and provides guidance to business clients on HR best practices.

LaRocca has also developed a niche representing physicians in negotiations of their employment agreements and practice purchases. In addition to her labor practice, LaRocca has developed a substantial estate litigation practice, as well as contested and uncontested Article 81 Guardianship matters. She also manages a growing estate planning practice, which includes a focus on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, traditional and non-traditional planning options.

Kevin Mulvehill
Kevin Mulvehill is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and serves as the firm’s Rochester Office Leader. He is also the leader of Phillips Lytle’s Labor and Employment Team. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law; wage and hour law; class and collective actions; commercial litigation; and corporate law. He provides counsel and strongly advocates on behalf of clients, including executives and public- and private-sector business and employers.

Additionally, he regularly represents clients as lead counsel in hearings, trials, appeals and arbitrations in state and federal courts, administrative bodies and arbitration forums throughout the United States. He is also a frequent lecturer on labor and employment and other business-related topics.

Hinna Upal
Hinna Upal provides practical solutions and strategic guidance to multinational employers on a wide range of international employment and compliance concerns and in litigation. Her competencies cover a range of workplace topics, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and accommodations at the state and federal levels and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights. She also guides employers on the intricacies associated with employment in multiple nations and the difficulties associated with conflicting jurisdictional obligations including in such areas as:
—Workplace ethics and compliance
—Global mobility programs and expatriate workforces, including advice on the relevant guidelines and practices as well as the benefits and limitations associated with secondments, independent contractors, and localization structures
—Multicountry and international surveys on employment laws and practices
—Global codes of conduct and international policies
—Discrimination and harassment
—Human resources
—The employment cycle including applications, interviewing, hiring, discipline, promotions, demotions, recordkeeping and terminations
—Executive employment and severance agreements, compensation, and negotiation
Before joining Littler, Upal was the deputy general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. William E. Smith, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and Justice Francis X. Flaherty, Rhode Island Supreme Court.