News - 07/17/2015


PeoplesBank seminar Helps Employers Understand the New Earned Sick Leave Law

Two seminars quickly filled to capacity, indicating high level of interest.

  PeoplesBank Seminar Helps Employers Understand the New Earned Sick Leave Law

Presenting at a recent PeoplesBank Business Seminar Series event, attorney Meghan Sullivan helps employers understand their responsibilities under the new Earned Sick Leave Law.

HOLYOKE, MA (July 17, 2015) – PeoplesBank knew that employers were concerned with the Earned Sick Leave Law, so the bank put together a seminar to help them learn more about it. When that seminar filled to capacity in a few days, the bank scheduled a second seminar, which filled up immediately. The presentations were held on June 23 and June 26 and featured local experts Meghan Sullivan, attorney and Managing Partner, Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC; and Peter Whelan, CMA and Director of Sales, CheckWriters Payroll.

The new Earned Sick Leave Law went into effect on July 1, 2015, and many area employers need to develop new policies and payroll practices to be in compliance with the change. Voters passed a law last year that mandated employers provide up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year to their employees.

“One of our major objectives for the seminar was to help employers understand the record-keeping burdens, anti-discrimination violations and legal risks created by the new law,” notes attorney Sullivan. “It creates a legal prohibition against interfering with an individual’s right to use sick time and we want to help business owners understand that.”

PeoplesBank’s business seminars are offered throughout the year and on a variety of timely business topics. There is no charge for attendance, but audience size is limited to ensure optimal question and answer exchanges.


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