Avoid Costly Fines from Violating Holiday Employment Rules

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020 1:00PM ET Length: 90 Minutes Expert: Amanda Waesch, Esq.

With early 2020 eating up a lot of your staff’s vacation time, you MUST have updated employee leave policies to handle requests and paid time off, or you’ll violate federal employment rules.

Many of your employees have likely maxed out their paid time off (PTO) due to the coronavirus crisis. Plus, CMS keeps updating the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which makes it really hard for you to stay compliant with these employment laws.

Ignoring these changes this holiday season will cost your practice big time. Mishandling employee requests for time off can leave your practice vulnerable to expensive law violations, and even costly and stressful employee lawsuits.

This is where healthcare employment law attorneys Amanda L. Waesch, Esq. and Bryan E. Meek, Esq. can help. During their online training session on Thursday, December 17th at 1 pm ET, they’ll provide you with practice-specific, step-by-step strategies of when and how you must cover staff holidays and pay. By attending this session, you’ll master the latest federal rules of providing paid and unpaid holiday leave for your employees to ensure you avoid hefty fines. Holiday employment law.

Here are just a few of the holiday employment law requirements questions you’ll get answered during their 90-minute online training session:

  • Are you required to pay employees for holidays when they are already on COVID-19 related leave?
  • When is a holiday counted as EFMLA leave, and when is it not?
  • Who do I prioritize if many employees want to take leave at the same time?
  • Can you restrict employees from taking PTO, adding black-out dates, for example?
  • Does a holiday count against an employee’s leave allowance?
  • How does an employee’s working hours affect how much leave you must cover?
  • Can you legally restrict where your staff travel during the holidays?
  • How do you determine an employee’s regular rate of pay according to FFCRA?
  • Can a staff member use PTO and FFCRA leave at the same time?
  • How do you manage leave for employees whose children are on holiday break from school?
  • If you mistakenly pay an employee for leave when you shouldn’t have, how can you get that money back?
  • Can you require an employee to tell you if they have visited an area with high COVID-19 levels?
  • What kind of documentation should you require from employees to support their leave request?
  • Are employees allowed to “donate” vacation time to other employees?
  • If an employee has to quarantine and has used up their PTO, do you have to pay them during this time?
  • Can you restrict the number of consecutive days employees can request off during the holidays?
  • And much more!

Who Should Attend? If you own or manage a medical and/or dental practice, regardless of specialty, size or location, you will significantly benefit from the practical employment holiday law compliance strategies you’ll receive from this attorney-led online training.

Employment laws change constantly, and this year has been especially crazy with COVID-related chaos. Don’t put your practice at risk by ignoring employee leave and time off regulations and inviting government audits and fines.

Mishandling employee requests for time off will damage your relationship with your staff, harming engagement and morale. The holidays will be different this year, as well as your holiday time-off, and you must update your vacation policies to account for your business needs, employee needs, and the laws! There is too much to consider to tackle these changes alone. 

Register for this online training today to avoid financial penalties — plus unhappy staff members — by finding out how to update your practice’s staff holidays and vacation policies to comply with updated federal labor guidelines, including COVID-specific regulations.

Don’t wait, sign up today! Holiday employment law.

Meet Your Expert

Amanda Waesch
Esq.Healthcare Attorney at Brennan, Manna & Diamond

Amanda Waesch, Esq., is a healthcare Attorney at Brennan, Manna & Diamond.  Her practice focuses on healthcare, employment law and healthcare litigation across the country. She advises healthcare providers including practices and hospitals on reviewing and litigating employment agreements; non-compete agreements and severance agreements. Her work has benefited physicians and administrators in drafting and reviewing employer handbooks, as well as management and training issues.