Successful PTO Programs

Webinar: ID# 1032182
Recorded CD or On-Demand
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
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

Gillian Murphy
  • Partner with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Focuses practice on employment advice and counsel. She helps employers of all sizes successfully navigate every aspect of the employment relationship, including compliance with leave and disability law, discrimination investigations, updating personnel policies, and drafting executive compensation agreements
  • Member of DWT’s Pay Equity Task Force
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, Gonzaga University; B.A. degree, Western Washington University
Christie S. Totten
  • Counsel with 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
  • Advises clients on a wide range of matters including effective employee handbook policies, employment and severance agreements, and noncompete agreements
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of Rochester
Successful PTO Programs
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