Course "PTO- Is It “Paid Time Off” or “Problem Time Options”? – Working through the Pros and Cons" has been pre-approved by HRCI as eligible for 1.5 credits towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.

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All too often employers make the decision to offer PTO in lieu of tracking employees’ absences without really examining the pros and cons of time off policies. While there are examples of workplaces ripe for PTO, most employers are doing themselves a disservice by using PTO instead of allocated leave benefits. This program will take an in-depth look at the issues created by PTO and allocated leave to enable employers to make a knowledgeable policy decision. Using PTO for some employers can create massive problems, including unintended required pay, excessive absenteeism, FMLA violations, employer-responsible pay during paid military leave, ADA dangers, and rule violation issues. If you are facing issues with PTO or the question of whether to use PTO, this is the webinar for you.

Learning Objectives

  • What is Paid Time Off (“PTO”)?
  • What is Allocated Leave?
  • The pros and cons of PTO versus Allocated Leave
  • Legal Compliance dangers, including:
  • FMLA
  • FLSA
  • ADA and 
  • Rule and rule violation issues, including absenteeism, unemployment compensation, and other leave abuses
  • PTO Policy Wording – the good, bad and ugly
  • Best Practices, e.g., who should use PTO and who should not

Who Will Benefit

  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Payroll administrators
  • Benefits Professionals
  • Business Managers
  • Business Owners


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Deirdre Kamber Todd, Esq., has been practicing healthcare and employment law for more than twenty years. Following her distinguished master’s degree from the University of Limerick, in Limerick, Irel Know More

Deirdre Kamber Todd