WEBINAR: PFML Handbook Changes Every Employer Must Make
Tuesday, April 27th from 1-2 p.m. ET
On January 1, 2021, Massachusetts joined the growing list of states that mandate paid family and medical leave for employees. Under the Commonwealth’s new Paid Family Medical Leave (“PFML”) law, employers are now required to provide paid leave for those facing health issues, bonding with a child, or taking care of a sick relative. Many employers are still determining what steps to take to prepare and administer the MA PFML requirements to remain in compliance, how such decisions will impact their current disability benefits and leave policies, and how to specifically update their handbooks.
In part two of this webinar series for the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, Goulston & Storrs employment attorneys Elizabeth Levine and Sonia Steele will reexamine these new guidelines and address:
• Employer responsibilities;
• Differing leave categories;
• Leave of absence policies;
• Incorporating Department of Family Leave requirements; and
• Steps to take to ensure policies are equitable, practical to administer, and understandable.
Elizabeth K. Levine, Director, Goulston & Storrs
Elizabeth Levine is an employment lawyer and litigator. She works with companies on management-side employment and operational matters, and defends organizations in employment-based litigation.
Elizabeth counsels employers of every shape and size on a day-to-day basis in all aspects of employee relations. Her work includes matters related to hiring, discipline, leave, wage and hour law, accommodations, terminations and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. She likewise advises on employee related issues in connection with emerging businesses, consultant classification issues, target acquisitions, sales, mass layoffs and the cessation of business (WARN Act and state law counterparts).
Elizabeth also regularly prepares employee handbooks and personnel policies. She drafts all kinds of agreements, and advises company management with respect to contractual obligations arising out of offer letters, employment agreements (including incentive and executive compensation) and restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.
Elizabeth advocates for and represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in a broad range of matters, including harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims based on protected class membership, wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements and purported violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. She also has extensive experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and agency conciliations.
As a trainer certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Elizabeth routinely presents to employers and their workforces on issues of harassment and discrimination prevention, diversity and accommodation of disabled employees and investigates claims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Sonia Macias Steele, Counsel, Goulston & Storrs
Sonia Macias Steele advises public and private companies on all matters relating to executive compensation and the full spectrum of employee benefit programs, including individual employment agreements, severance plans, equity compensation, paid leave, noncompetition agreements, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare programs, and other fringe benefit programs.
Sonia’s clients rely upon her particular talent for translating complex tax code into digestible segments and providing practical, innovative solutions. Sonia has worked at leading law firms and corporations throughout the nation. She also served as Assistant Vice President and Counsel for a Fortune 500-ranked financial services group.
Sonia is also a go-to resource for mission-driven organizations, where she counsels senior leadership through the development of compensation and benefit plans for their employees. She understands the unique optics of non-profit organizations, allowing them to maintain transparency to all constituents.
Before law school, Sonia was a Human Resources generalist at a national power company, where she provided benefits and employment support for the company’s unionized and non-unionized workforce.
Written cancellations received by April 6, 2021 will be charged a $50 administrative fee. If payment has been received, your registration fee will be refunded minus the $50. Cancellations received after April 6, 2021 will still be charged the full registration fee and if payment has been received, no refunds will be given. To avoid this penalty, you may send a substitute to the program.