• Mandatory Paid Sick Leave  Breaking Through the Quagmire and Quandary of Compliance
  • Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Breaking Through the Quagmire and Quandary of Compliance

    • Speaker : Bob McKenzie
    • Session Code : BEAPR2324
    • Date : 23rd April 2024
    • Time : This Event is Over and the Recorded Content is Available
    • Duration : 90 Mins



As of 2024, eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have mandated that employers provide paid sick leave, with 27 municipalities also enforcing similar requirements. The legislative landscape is rapidly evolving; Illinois and Minnesota recently enacted mandatory paid sick leave laws effective January 1, 2024. Furthermore, California has expanded its sick leave mandate from 24 to 40 hours annually. With the momentum building at the state level, a Federal mandate for paid sick leave is increasingly likely.


For employers with Federal contracts, paid sick leave provision is already a necessity. Those with municipal contracts should also scrutinize their agreements for paid sick leave obligations.


Navigating the Legal Maze


Each jurisdiction's paid sick leave law varies, creating a complex compliance environment. For instance, Vermont’s law activates after one year of service, while other regions require accrual after 90 to 120 days. States like New York and Colorado mandate that sick leave payments occur as they accrue, and most laws include part-time employees in their coverage. The intricacies extend to all employment types, including on-call positions, necessitating a meticulous approach to compliance.


Revisiting PTO Programs


The era of combining vacation and sick leave into single PTO (Paid Time Off) packages is being re-evaluated. The advent of these sick leave laws, where unused PTO payout is obligatory upon termination—unlike sick leave—compels organizations to reconsider their PTO schemes.


This webinar will dissect the existing mandatory paid sick leave laws, highlight the disparities among them, and guide the transition between Sick/Vacation and PTO policies. We’ll delve into the operational and financial implications of maintaining or modifying PTO plans in light of new legislation.


Areas Covered During the Session:


  • Current Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws in place.
  • A review of pending legislation.
  • A review of the different Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Requirements
  • Examples of the Quandary of Compliance
  • A comparison of PTO policies vs. Sick/Vacation
  • Conducting a cost-benefit analysis for both plans
  • Planning for change
  • Communication the change
  • Action Items for participants


Why You Should Attend?


Navigating the complexities of paid sick leave laws has become a pressing challenge in today's dynamic regulatory environment. With varying requirements across states and municipalities, HR professionals and business leaders face the daunting task of ensuring their policies comply with an ever-evolving legal landscape. The introduction of new laws in states like Illinois and Minnesota, along with modifications in California, signifies a trend towards more comprehensive sick leave entitlements, hinting at a possible future federal mandate.


Attending this webinar will provide clarity and insight into these changes, helping you decipher the nuances of each law and its impact on your organization. You will learn not just the letter of the law but also how to practically apply these regulations in your workplace. The session will guide you through the transition between different types of leave policies, such as moving from a traditional Sick/Vacation policy to a more integrated PTO system or vice versa, considering the financial and operational implications of each.


The webinar aims to alleviate the confusion and concern surrounding compliance with these laws, offering a detailed analysis of the current and pending legislation, and presenting a comparative look at PTO and Sick/Vacation policies. By understanding the specific requirements and options available, you can make informed decisions that align with both legal mandates and your organizational goals. This knowledge will empower you to plan and communicate changes effectively, ensuring a smoother transition for your team and minimizing the risk of legal repercussions for your business.


In essence, this webinar is an invaluable opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools needed to manage paid sick leave policies confidently and compliantly, preparing your organization to adapt to current and future legislative developments efficiently.


Who will benefit?


  • HR Managers and Directors
  • Business Owners and CEOs
  • Compliance Officers
  • Operations Managers
  • Payroll Specialists
  • Legal Advisors
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • Benefits Administrators


Bob McKenzie, has over 40 years of human resources management experience. His background includes a wide range of hands-on experience in all areas of Human resources management in all types of industries within the public and private sectors. 

Bob has been cited in a number of Human Resources trade publications. Among them are HR.com, HR Magazine, HR Florida Review, Vault.com, BNA and the Institute of Management and Administration and the Business Journal. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences as well as audio and web-based seminars.

Bob is a graduate of Rider University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree and double majored in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior.

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