Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Presents Free Sick Leave Law Seminar January 22

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced an upcoming seminar focused on the new Massachusetts sick leave initiative. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Sheraton Springfield Hotel at Monarch Place from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Attendees must register in advance for the complimentary seminar. A large response is anticipated following several sold-out programs co-hosted by the Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE).  Event registration is available via an online form located at skoler-abbott.com.

“This event is designed specifically for the needs of employers,” said Partner Susan G. Fentin. “Although we are expecting that the Attorney General will issue some regulations clarifying some of the ambiguous provisions in the law, employers need time to consider what policies and practices might be impacted and to plan ahead for changes to their sick leave procedures and protocols so they stay in compliance with the law.”

“The New Year is a great time to address changes to policies and handbooks,” said Partner Kimberly A. Klimczuk, “and the seminar will provide guidance for changes that will likely be required. We expect that this new law will impact a number of employer policies, not only policies regarding sick leave, but also vacation policies, holiday pay policies, and perhaps others.”

The new Massachusetts law regarding sick leave entitles employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time each year if they work for businesses with 11 or more employees; employees of smaller companies will earn 40 hours of annual unpaid sick time. Massachusetts’ Attorney General is expected to announce interpretations of the law before it takes effect. Skoler, Abbott and Presser is available as a resource for employers to stay abreast of interpretations.

Skoler, Abbott and Presser Partners Susan G. Fentin and Kimberly A. Klimczuk will present the seminar. They will provide answers to the most common questions about the new law including, but not limited to:

  • What does the law require?
  • How is sick time earned?
  • When do employees begin to earn this time?
  • When can employees begin to use this time?
  • What happens to the time left over at the end of a calendar year that is not taken?
  • What can the sick time be used for?
  • Is advanced notice required to be given by an employee before sick time can be taken?
  • Can an employer require documentation when an employee uses sick time earned under this law?
  • Does unused sick time need to be paid out when an employee leaves a company?
  • Are there notice requirements?
  • What are the penalties for non-compliance?

A resident of Conway, Attorney Susan G. Fentin has been a partner at the firm since 2004. Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court. She speaks frequently to employer groups, conducts training on avoiding problems in employment law and teaches master classes on both the FMLA and ADA. Since 2010, she has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in the state of Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating firm.

Attorney Kimberly A. Klimczuk, a resident of Springfield, joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. in 2004 following graduation from Duke University School of Law, and became a partner in 2011. Her experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation. She also successfully defends clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including: wage and hour law; discrimination; harassment; wrongful discharge; and breach of contract claims. Additionally, she also assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and has drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them.