Protect Your Practice: COVID-19 Childcare Paid Time Off Lawsuits

COVID-19 Childcare Time Off
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:00PM ET Expert: Kelly Holden Length: 90 minutes

Even a well-intentioned decision can result in you being hit with an expensive and stressful COVID-19 employment lawsuit.

This is especially true as you try and manage employee requests to work from home and take time off due to COVID-19 school, and childcare schedule changes and closures. What you say and do during this turbulent, emotionally charged time can leave your practice at great risk (i.e. understaffed, discrimination allegations, cashflow problems, Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) violations, etc.)

Although paid leave denial lawsuits are already underway, there is a way for you to protect your practice.

This is where healthcare and employment attorney, Kelly Holden, Esq., can help. During her upcoming online training on Wednesday, August 26th at 1 pm ET, Kelly will provide you with plain-English advice on how to correctly respond to the complex COVID-19 related employee childcare situations your practice will be faced with. You’ll walk away from this online training with confidence that you’re complying with FFCRA employee time-off rules.

Here are a just a few of the many COVID-19 childcare time-off employment law questions you’ll get answered during this upcoming 90-minute online training:

  • Are you obligated to pay employees’ COVID-19 related childcare extended leave?
  • What if an employee requests paid-time-off who doesn’t have children?
  • Can you require proof that an employee requesting extended childcare leave has children?
  • Are employees covered under FFCRA to stay home to care for teenagers?
  • Will you get in trouble if you force employees to come into work?
  • Are you required to pay an employee who has no more PTO?
  • How long must you continue to pay staff to stay home under federal laws?
  • Can you terminate an employee for failure to work due to lack of childcare?
  • Are you required to allow employees to work from home to care for their children?
  • Are your practice administrative employees exempt from FFCRA like medical staff?
  • Is it mandated that you hold an employee’s job while they take COVID-19 time off?
  • What recourse do you have for staff who are abusing your practice policies?
  • What records must you keep when employees take paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave?
  • How should health benefits be managed if an employee takes extended leave?
  • How long will you be required to comply with FFCRA childcare leave requests?
  • How many weeks are you required to pay an employee for childcare time off?
  • And so much more!!

Even if schools in your area are slated to open in the fall, who knows if it will last. You could still be faced with having to correctly respond to employee requests for extended time off due to COVID-19 childcare issues. It is essential that you know how to compliantly respond to these requests to avoid backlash from the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) and other employment legal perils.

With the expert advice you’ll receive in this upcoming online training, you’ll be able to reduce headaches from handling complex COVID-19 related employee childcare situations and head off costly lawsuits from violating the FFCRA. Don’t risk violating employment law or the legal and emotional headaches you’ll receive from employee complaints and insufficient staff. Sign up for this session today!

Meet Your Expert

Kelly HoldenPartner/Attorney at DBL Law

Kelly is a licensed lawyer in three states, heads the DBL Law’s employment law division, which represents private and public employers in all facets of employment law. She has been advising HR managers and healthcare companies for over 26 years in all aspects of employment law.

Kelly’s employment law practice Includes advising clients on compliance with various employment laws and providing in-house training on such issues. She is a former SHRM member and president of a local chapter as well as several nonprofit boards. More recently, Kelly has been using her acquired expertise in advising companies on complying with COVID-19 employment issues.

Kelly has experience working with the EEOC, DOL, DOJ and litigating cases in federal and state courts. She also advises companies on I·9 compliance and performs I-9 audits. conducts harassment investigations, drafts employee handbooks and employment policies and, does training on all aspects of employment law. Kelly was featured on WI/XU Cincinnati, as a subject matter expert, lo speak on 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the impact it has.