I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T (WON'T) GET UP! Handling Employee Absences, Paid Time Off, Vacation, Mandatory Sick Leave, Illness and Injury

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

No charge to attend, but a RSVP is required (includes continental breakfast)

Best Western Posada Royale Hotel
1775 Madera Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Presenters: Karen L. Gabler

Registration Information

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required.

To register, call 805.248.7089 or send an email to .


California employers are losing flexibility in "paid time off" options with the introduction of mandatory sick leave starting July 1, 2015. In addition to hampering business operations and company productivity, employee absences can present legal challenges for employers in determining when to permit an absence, when to bring the employee back, what leaves and benefits to offer, and how to maintain ongoing business activities without key staff members.

In this informative seminar, employment law attorney Karen L. Gabler will discuss the employer's rights, obligations and questions regarding employee absences and paid or unpaid time off.

Topics covered will include the following:

  • New sick leave standards to be implemented on July 1
  • What is an "excused absence"?
  • What information do you need from an employee who will be absent?
  • What information do you need before the employee can be permitted to return?
  • Current legal requirements for PTO, vacation and sick leave policies
  • The interplay of vacation and sick leave vs. PTO options after mandatory sick time begins
  • When should worker's compensation be involved?
  • What medical certification can you request or require?
  • What notice of absence must the employee provide to you?
  • When can you discipline an absentee employee?
  • When should absenteeism lead to discipline or termination?
  • When do you apply a statutory leave of absence vs. reasonable accommodation of absence?
  • What can you do about absentee exempt employees?
  • How to effectively track employees' use of paid time off (for exempt and non-exempt employees)
  • How to effectively document absenteeism and the related legal issues

To enable us to plan for your attendance, please rsvp at least 24 hours in advance. If you reserve a spot and then later find that you are unable to attend, please inform us in advance so that we may offer your seat to someone else.