Managing the Complexities of Paid Sick and Family Leave Laws – What We’ve Learned So Far and What We Expect Going Forward

Wednesday 10:45 – 11:45 AM

Session Description

Paid-leave regulations seem to grow more complicated each year. As support grows for national paid family and medical leave, some states, cities and individual organizations are already adopting measures of their own.

This proliferation of new and changing regulations can make compliance a challenge. This session will get you up to speed on any legal developments regarding paid leave laws in New England and clarify your obligations. You will leave with practical advice on compliance and administration.


Craig Dickinson

Craig T. Dickinson collaborates with clients to identify and avoid legal problems with their employees, and to resolve them efficiently when they do arise. Craig works with clients in a range of businesses, including hospital and healthcare, financial services, retail, restaurant, and hospitality, distribution and logistics, and manufacturing and technology. He has in-depth experience in Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation, Disability and Leave of absence, and Employment Contracts and Noncompete Agreements. 


Alice Kokodis

Alice A. Kokodis represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus in the financial services industry. She has litigated claims pending in more than fifteen states and appears before FINRA with respect to employment related matters brought against brokerage firms and other financial institutions. Alice also has extensive experience representing hospitality, retail and technology employers.

She advises clients at every stage of the employment relationship, ranging from the initial hiring process, to every facet of daily operations, including compensation, performance management, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodation requests, and employee terminations.


Jillian Folger-Hartwell

Jillian Folger-Hartwell’s practice focuses exclusively on representing management, litigating and advising on labor and employment law matters. Jillian devotes a substantial portion of her practice to compliance, especially as it relates
to managing leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act, disability issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and compliance with other similar state laws. She has deep knowledge of the Rhode Island Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time law, and other paid sick leave laws, nationally, in addition to defending employers on a myriad of employment-related issues, including:

  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Hiring and firing policies
  • Employee terminations
  • Noncompetition agreements
  • Executive and other employment agreements
  • Employment handbooks and manuals