Your 2015 Employee Handbook – New Developments That Employers Must Understand

This has been quite a year for employers in Massachusetts. Beginning last August, there have been three new statutes that have affected your employment policies: The Domestic Violence Leave Act, the Parental Leave Act, and of course the Earned Sick Leave Law, passed by referendum in November and slated to go into effect on July 1. The Attorney General’s regulations on that statute are due out on April 24. This Breakfast Briefing will cover those regulations and their potential impact on your obligations under the law. In addition, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has had employee handbooks under a microscope, finding certain, common policies to be unfair labor practices that subject the employer to liability, even if none of the employer’s workers are unionized.

Join us for an important breakfast briefing that will focus on these new developments. We will cover the policy changes required by the new laws and will review handbook provisions that might need to be changed under the Earned Sick Leave Law, as well as those that have been ruled to be violations of 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! 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 AG’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
  • What policy language could result in an Unfair Labor Practice charge, and how to change your policies to avoid that result
  • The March 18 memo from the NLRB’s General Counsel and what guidance it offers to employers

Attorneys: Susan G. Fentin and
David W. McBride

May 15, 2015
Sheraton Springfield
Boland Way
Springfield, MA 01144

Cost $25.00
(Please make check payable to:
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.         Continental Breakfast/Registration
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.       Program/Questions

To register for the Breakfast Briefing, please contact:
Jamie Martin, Office Administrator:
E-mail:                               JMartin@skoler-abbott.com or
Tel. #                                  (413) 737-4753
Fax: #                                 (413) 787-1941
Mailing Address:             Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.,
One Monarch Place, Suite 2000
Springfield, MA 01144

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