Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Presents Sick Leave Law Briefing May 13

SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, Mass. – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield area, announced Partner Kimberly A. Klimczuk will present a briefing that will focus on the Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law Wednesday, May 13 at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, 284 East Temple St., Boylston. The program, from 9 to 11 a.m., will highlight the Massachusetts attorney general’s regulations implementing the Earned Sick Leave Law that goes into effect July 1 and how the law and the accompanying regulations will affect businesses. The program is sponsored by CMEA The Employers Association, a nonprofit organization established to help employers promote positive employer/employee relations.

The Earned Sick Leave Law, which entitles employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time each year if they work for businesses with 11 or more employees, appeared on the November 2014 election ballot and was passed by voters. Businesses with fewer than 11 employees must still provide up to 40 hours of annual sick leave, but it can be unpaid leave.

“The proposed regulations issued by the attorney general’s office address a number of key issues regarding when and how employees may accrue and use sick leave under the law,” said Klimczuk. “Massachusetts is only the third state to pass this kind of law, and it is the most onerous in the country. It is critically important for employers to know what they are legally responsible for before it goes into effect in July.”

Klimczuk will discuss the regulations and how they impact local businesses. Topics to be addressed include:

  • How sick time is accrued under the new law
  • How the law applies to multi-state employers or to employees who work in different states
  • How to determine employer size and whether leave must be paid or unpaid
  • The rollover requirements of the new law and their impact on year-end sick time “buy outs”
  • When and how you can require medical verification of a need for sick leave
  • What you can do if you suspect abuse of sick time
  • Whether employees accrue benefits while using sick leave
  • Whether seasonal employees carry over their sick time accrual from one year to the next
  • What employers should do to now to ensure compliance

“This briefing is one of the many resources that Skoler, Abbott & Presser offers for business owners and human resource professionals who are navigating through the changes needed to comply with this new law,” said Klimczuk.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. The briefing will start at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 11 a.m. The cost to attend is $45 for CMEA members; $60 for non-members.

The program is approved for two general recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For information about certification or recertification, visit hrci.org.