Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Presents Sick Leave Law ‘Lunch ‘N Learn’ Jan. 28

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced an upcoming “Lunch ‘n Learn” program, focused on the new Massachusetts sick leave initiative. The event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the Dodge Room of the Flynn Campus Union at Springfield College (263 Alden St., Springfield) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partner Timothy F. Murphy will co-host the event with the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS). Murphy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the former chair of the ACCGS Legislative Steering Committee, and the “go-to” Chamber resource on the issue of mandated sick leave.

The new Massachusetts law regarding sick leave entitles all employees to accrue up to 40 hours of sick time each year; for businesses with 11 or more employees, this sick leave is paid leave. 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.

“Voters spoke this past November and passed the ballot question approving mandated sick leave,” said Murphy. “Massachusetts is only the third state in the nation to guarantee sick days for workers, so there is a lot of confusion about what employers are legally responsible for when the law takes effect July 15. I look forward to clarifying nuances within the law and setting employers up for success.”

At the Lunch ‘n Learn Program, Attorney Murphy will address core concepts including:
• Who is eligible for sick time and who is not
• What the new law means for the workforce
• The subtle nuances of the law

Attendees must register in advance for the event, admission fees include lunch. ACCGS members are eligible for a reduced admission fee of $25, but the event is open to the public with a general admission fee of $35. Register online at myonlinechamber.com or contact Sarah Mazzaferro at (413) 755-1313 or mazzaferro@myonlinechamber.com.

Murphy, a resident of Springfield, joined Skoler Abbott after serving as general counsel to an area labor union and as an assistant district attorney for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. His practice includes labor relations and employment litigation, as well as employment counseling. A native of the Springfield area, Murphy is a graduate of the Western New England University School of Law. He has also taught courses in employment law at Western New England University. He is a frequent contributor to business and human resource publications and a contributing author to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. He has been selected by his peers and listed by Best Lawyers® every year since 2013 – and was named the Best Lawyers 2015 labor and employment law “Lawyer of the Year” in Springfield.