Successful PTO Programs

Webinar: ID# 1023854
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Employers struggle to implement PTO policies that simultaneously address multiple concerns: attendance rates, company financials, administrative processes, employee health goals, and employee morale.

This webinar provides practical guidance to help you navigate your existing (and future) PTO policies while avoiding common legal pitfalls.

We will consider options for time-off for vacation, illness, bereavement, and other common reasons. Learn the latest about successful PTO policies amidst changing laws. Take control of your workplace.

You will come away understanding the characteristics of successful programs, strategies for designing your own, and tips for implementing the policy you choose.


  • Paid Time off (PTO) – Addressing Absenteeism, Providing Flexibility, and Complying With the Law
Different Types of PTO Policies
  • Separate Policies for Health and Illness; Vacation and Holidays; Personal Reasons
  • Global Policy
Interplay of PTO Policies With Other Laws
  • Family and Medical Leave Law and Intermittent Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave Laws
  • Disability Laws – PTO and Reasonable Accommodation
  • Wage and Hour Law and Salary Issues
  • Compelling Exhaustion of PTO Benefits
  • Discipline for Absenteeism
  • Obligations From Former Policies
Pros and Cons of Different Types of Policies
  • Controlling or Encouraging Absenteeism Through Policy
  • Requiring PTO Use
  • Pay out Issues
  • Impact on Morale
Designing a PTO Policy That Enhances Employee Morale and Reduces Absenteeism
  • Plan Design
  • Implementation Issues
  • Practical Tips
About The Presenters

Chrys A. Martin
  • Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Focuses practice on employment law and employee benefits issues
  • Offers clients 35 years of experience in complex employment and ERISA litigation, including class actions
  • Applies her depth of knowledge learned from litigation to counseling employers and training supervisors in HR best practices; her practical approach to difficult employment issues is also grounded in prior hands-on management and human resources experience
  • Conducts regular seminars, webinars, and workshops on numerous topics related to labor & employment law including “ban the box” laws, mandatory sick leave, marijuana legalization, timely employment law-related updates, and supervisor bootcamps
  • Has wrote scores of publications related to labor & employment law including advisories, blogs and articles
  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Employment by Chambers USA, 2005 to 2016 and one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor and Employment Law by Best Lawyers since 2007
  • Selected to "Oregon's Top 25 Women Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2008 to 2016
  • Former chair of Employment Law Committee & member of Board of Directors (1997 to 2000); chair of Law Institute Committee (2006 to 2008), Defense Research Institute
  • Former chair of the Civil Rights Section and Affirmative Action Committee, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Past president of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School; B.A. degree, with honors, Oregon State University
Christie S. Totten
  • Senior Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Litigator who defends employers against claims of retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations, including whistleblower claims against executive-level defendants
  • Has helped employers of all sizes obtain dismissals of BOLI and EEOC agency charges and lawsuits. She is experienced in briefing and arguing cases in Oregon’s trial and appellate courts, managing and streamlining complex discovery, taking and defending depositions, negotiating favorable settlements, and preparing cases for jury trial
  • Frequently conducts seminars to help employers tackle emerging issues including mandatory sick leave, marijuana legalization, and privacy and technology issues in the modern workplace
  • Also provides workplace training on harassment and other topics and writes articles addressing employment law and litigation
  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013 to 2016
  • 2015 Strategic Management Conference Co-Moderator, Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA)
  • "Privacy & Technology Issues in Today’s Workplace," Supervisor Boot Camp - HR in the Age of TMI, DWT Client Seminar
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School; B.A. cum laude, University of Rochester, 2000
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