2017 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS)

November 17, 2017
Paris Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Charles H. Kaplan
Business & Legal Resources (BLR)
Paid Leave in 2017 and Beyond: Strategies for Managing Emerging Compliance Obligations; and Expert Q&A Panel: Your Employment Law Questions Answered

Paid Leave in 2017 and Beyond: Strategies for Managing Emerging Compliance Obligations: Right now, five states have paid/earned sick leave laws on their books—with three more taking effect this year or in 2018.  Many cities also have enacted paid leave ordinances. Large companies like Amazon, Adobe, and Spotify offer paid parental or sick leave—with as much as six months off at Spotify. Netflix takes its paid leave policy a step further, giving new parents as much time off as they need in the first year following the birth of a child. And, recently, Facebook upped the ante even more, providing its employees with up to 20 days of bereavement leave—that’s on top of six weeks of paid leave to care for sick relatives. But, even if your state, county, or city doesn’t yet require you to offer paid leave, the tide is shifting in favor of offering paid sick and family leave benefits to employees. Addressing a joint session of Congress in February, President Trump pledged that his administration will work toward ensuring that new parents have paid family leave. Time will tell whether and when a federal paid leave mandate for private employers will take effect, but the issue of paid family leave raises important issues for HR leaders. This session will cover:

  • Updates on paid sick and family leave laws nationwide and how employers operating across state lines should amend policies to ensure seamless paid time off (PTO) administration
  • How recent developments related to paid leave affect your daily operations and workplace policies
  • Best practices for administering PTO—from accurately accounting for partial day absences to instituting vacation time caps
  • Benefits and potential drawbacks of open leave policies
  • How to evaluate the pros and cons of offering paid leave if it’s not mandated by law

Expert Q&A Panel: Your Employment Law Questions Answered: Our skilled panel of employment attorneys is ready to address your specific concerns before you head home to implement the compliance best practices and strategic insights you’ve learned at AEIS 2017.