Local Attorneys to Review Recent Developments That Affect Employer Policies

SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, Mass. – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield area, today announced Partners Susan G. Fentin and Timothy F. Murphy will present a “Breakfast Briefing” Friday, May 15 at Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place. The event, “Your 2015 Handbook: New Developments that Employers Must Understand,” will highlight recent legal developments that have affected policies in the workplace, including: the Domestic Violence Leave Act, the Parental Leave Act, the Earned Sick Leave Law, and the March memorandum from the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board regarding impermissible handbook language.

“This has been quite a year for employers in Massachusetts. Beginning last August, there have been three new statutes impacting employment policies,” said Fentin. “The Earned Sick Leave Law, passed by referendum in November, is slated to go into effect on July 1 and the attorney general’s regulations on that statute were issued in April. The Breakfast Briefing will cover the statute and those regulations and their potential impact on your obligations under the law.”

“Additionally, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has had employee handbooks under a microscope, finding certain, common policies to be unfair labor practices that subject an employer to liability, even if none of the employer’s workers are unionized,” said Murphy.

The 2015 Employee Handbook Breakfast Briefing will focus on these new developments and will cover the policy changes required by the new laws and the NLRB. Attendees will review the handbook provisions that may need to be changed under the Earned Sick Leave Law, as well as those that have been ruled to be violations under the National Labor Relations Act. “If a handbook review is in your future – and we think it should be – you won’t want to miss this important Breakfast Briefing,” said Fentin.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Typical policies that may be impacted by the Earned Sick Leave Law and what organizational decisions need to be made in advance of its implementation
  • The attorney general’s regulations: What has changed and what has not
  • Dealing with requests for leave under the Domestic Violence Leave Act – how to ensure that you get the documentation you need
  • The March 18 memo from the NLRB’s general counsel and commonly used policy language that could result in an Unfair Labor Practice charge

Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 and ends at 10 a.m. The cost of the event is $25. For more information or to register, visit www.skoler-abbott.com.