Local Attorney to Discuss New Employer Obligations for Sick Leave and Other Leaves of Absence

SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, Mass. – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., one of Massachusetts’ leading labor and employment law firms, today announced Partner Susan G. Fentin will host a seminar for employers regarding the new Earned Sick Leave Law and other leaves of absence. The event, sponsored by FBinsure, will be held Wednesday, May 27 at the Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, Mass.

Massachusetts employers have been hit with a number of new statutes that require them to permit employees to take time off. Foremost among these is the new Earned Sick Leave Law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2015. In addition, Massachusetts has a new Parental Leave Act and a Domestic Violence Leave Act that will affect many employers, in addition to other legally mandated leaves such as Family and Medical Leave and a medical leave of absence that might be required under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act or parallel state law.

“The legal environment is rapidly evolving with more labor-related rules and regulatory requirements for employers to understand,” said Attorney Fentin. “Without proper guidance and understanding, the complex responsibilities placed on employers regarding leaves of absence can leave them feeling overwhelmed. Employers need a strong understanding of their statutory obligations in order to protect themselves from inadvertent exposure to costly risks.”

Attendees will learn:

  • The basics of Massachusetts new Earned Sick Leave Law
  • What other leave laws and regulations affect a company of your size
  • What are your responsibilities as an employer
  • Effective strategies to manage leaves of absence

“Leaves of absence are among the most complicated issues for employers and employees,” said Fentin. “The new Earned Sick Leave Law will create huge headaches for Massachusetts employers. It’s critically important for employers to understand their obligations under this and other leave laws to be sure that employees get all the leave to which they are entitled and also to protect the employer from litigation. Understanding how those laws interact can help business owners make informed decisions about leaves of absence and potentially avoid costly litigation.”

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. To register, visit fbinsure.com/seminars.