Paid Sick And Family Leave Hotbed: Multi-State Updates For Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations

Webinar: ID# 1023749
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 do so. While any changes at the federal level could be on hold given legislative and presidential power shifts in Washington, D.C., mandated paid sick leave continues to gain support in states and municipalities around the country.

Right now, four states and the District of Columbia have paid/earned sick leave laws on their books with three more states’ laws becoming effective in 2017 or 2018. Add to this the local ordinances in more than 12 cities (with more being added all the time). Meanwhile, big-name brands such as American Express and Ikea have raised the bar by announcing they would increase their workers’ family leave benefits.

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 recent developments related to paid sick leave could 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.

You’ll learn:
  • 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
This timely event features live Q&A, so specific concerns about paid leave management can be addressed!

About Your Presenter:

Spencer Waldron, Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP

Spencer Waldron is an associate in the Irvine, California office of Fisher Phillips LLP. His practice includes counseling and defending employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Waldron’s practice focuses on defending employers in wage and hour class and collective actions, FCRA/ICRAA/CCRAA claims, as well as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unfair competition, and trade secret lawsuits under federal and California labor and employment laws. He has represented clients and appeared before multiple governmental agencies, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Employment Development Department, as well as state and federal courts throughout California. He also counsels employers on various employment related issues such as hiring, background checks, termination, strategic restructuring and layoffs, disciplinary issues, medical leaves, and general employment policies and procedures.
Paid Sick And Family Leave Hotbed: Multi-State Updates For Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations
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