NYC Chapter Event Recap: Paid Sick Leave Seminar with Jackson Lewis LLP
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Posted by: Liz Mazzei
In preparation for the April 1st effective date of the Earned Sick Time Act, our team hosted an educational seminar with Jackson Lewis LLP to update owners, general managers, and human resource professionals on how to comply with the new regulations (commonly referred to as the "Paid Sick Leave" law). This topic is of particular importance to restaurants and bars as it takes effect in less than two months, and the law has many nuances, intricacies, and uncertainties for compliance.
Check out more photos from the event on NYS Restaurant Association Facebook.
The event began with a brief introduction by James Versocki, NYC Chapter Counsel. Richard Greenberg and Daniel Jacobs from Jackson Lewis LLP then covered all the intricacies of the new law, including:
- A brief background on the law and reasons for implementation
- A general understanding of why the law is important and what it is intended to do
- A detailed look at which employees are covered and how they accrue time
- What type of notice is required to be given to employees
- What the law means for businesses that already have PTO policies
- An overview of proposed amendments that could change the law
- Recommendations to restaurants on next steps
During and after the presentation attendees were encouraged to ask questions. Two concerns raised by attendees included how to deal with the "4-hour rule" (where employees are allowed to call in for up to four hours of paid sick leave and then come to work) and how to handle the law's enactment date versus calendar date for calculating when sick leave can be accrued.
We are grateful to Jackson Lewis for outlining and presenting the content for the session. Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from attendees our team is working on developing best practice guides and planning to host an additional session with Jackson Lewis on Paid Sick Leave shortly. Stay tuned for more details!