National Update On Paid Leave Policies: Top Strategies For Managing Emerging Compliance Obligations

Webinar: ID# 1023562
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
Do you offer paid sick leave to your employees? If not, you may soon have no choice but to grant it.

While changes at the national level could be on hold pending the new Presidential Administration, mandated paid sick leave is gaining support in states and municipalities around the country.

Right now, five states have paid/earned sick leave laws on their books with three more becoming effective in 2017 or 2018, along with over a dozen cities with more being added all the time.

Given this uncertain yet highly active environment, now is the time to anticipate the changes that you might need to make to your existing policies if paid sick leave comes to your jurisdiction.

Join us to learn how the recent developments related to paid sick leave affect your daily operations and workplace policies, best practices for administering PTO from accurately accounting for partial day absences to instituting vacation time caps and how to identify other policies that could be affected by mandatory paid sick leave. Attorney Susan Fentin will also take your specific questions so you can tackle 2017 leave management with confidence.

Learning Objectives:
  • What an effective, legal PTO policy generally looks like
  • Where paid sick leave laws have passed or are being considered
  • Requirements employers may be subjected to concerning carryover and notice/posting requirements
  • PTO administration best practices including:
  • How to correctly account for partial-day absences under your PTO policy
  • The kinds of notice you need to give to exempt workers before forcing them use accrued PTO during furloughs
  • What paid vacation vs. PTO can mean when it comes to overtime pay for nonexempt employees
  • The lowdown on “use it or lose it” policies
  • Tactics for combining PTO leave with protected leave under FMLA
  • Smart moves regarding cashing out unused time and examples of when PTO counts as a wage under state law
  • What the new administration might mean for paid leave
  • PTO and the exempt employee: When you can dock pay
  • Legal ways to generally institute caps on vacation banks
  • How the use of PTO works when an employee is eligible for pregnancy disability leave or paid family leave
About Your Presenter:

Susan Fentin, Esq.
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Susan Fentin joined the firm in 1999 after practicing for several years with the Labor and Employment department of a large Hartford, Connecticut law firm. She was made a Partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., in 2004.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Fentin had a long career in advertising and marketing. As a former business owner herself, she has unique insight into the employment problems faced by business owners. Susan has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2008, and since 2010, she has been named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers and Partners rating organization. In 2015, Ms. Fentin was honored as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts.
National Update On Paid Leave Policies: Top Strategies For Managing Emerging Compliance Obligations
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