ESLN Webinar: New Sick Leave Law
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
10:00 am to 11:30 am



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Compliance check!

This fall, New York implemented a new law requiring employers with 1-4 employees to offer up to 40 hours a year unpaid sick leave.

Also as part of the new law, employers with over 5 employees must offer paid sick leave--and must not require the disclosure of confidential medical information to use the leave.

And finally, as of January 1, 2021 employers required to follow this law must also allow employees to use sick leave time to take care of relatives.

This new law (labor law Section 196-b) impacts libraries that don't operate as part of government, and other "private" employers. To ensure our affected members get practical guidance on these changes, we have asked attorney Stephanie ("Cole")Adams, of the "Ask the Lawyer" service provided by 3R's, and Holly Nowak, who will be staffing ESLN's upcoming "Ask the HR Expert" service, to walk you through revising, developing, and following your sick leave policies.

As part of the presentation, Cole and Holly will also discuss when to "check with legal," and when to "check with HR." Registrants will be sent a template policy in advance, to check against their own practices.

Free to ESLN Members. Registration is required. Please note that this webinar will be recorded. The recording will be made available on January 28, 2020.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for one hour and 30 minutes of CE credit.

We are committed to offering inclusive, diverse, and equitable services to all of our members. To request specific accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please contact at least five business days ahead of the event.

If you have any questions, contact Laura Osterhout ( or Sheryl Knab (

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Stephanie Cole Adams and Holly Nowak
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Stephanie (nickname: Cole) Adams is an attorney advising libraries, creative professionals, civic organizations, and higher education institutions as they build our culture. She first developed a deep connection to libraries working as a page, then clerk, at her hometown library in New Hartford, NY. For over 10 years, Ms. Adams was the in-house counsel at Niagara University, where she routinely conducted trainings in discrimination and workplace respect. She is now the owner of her own practice, the Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC, in Buffalo. Ms. Adams is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York (and you may be familiar with her work...Cole staffs WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" service).

Holly M. Nowak, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP President, launched HMN Resources in July 2015, after 20 years in the human resources field and more than a decade leading human resource service delivery and client relations strategies in the WNY region. She has advised hundreds of small business owners, executives, and management teams in a range of industries and sectors spanning private, public, and nonprofit on HR processes and practices. Her expertise is in designing comprehensive people process and team development solutions that speak to each organization's need. An alum of Niagara University, she holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA with a concentration in human resource management. Holly’s certifications include the SPHR, SHRM-SCP, FourSight Creative Thinking Profile, DiSC, and the Predictive Index. A member of national (SHRM) and local HR associations (BNHRA, WNYHRA), she was named a finalist for "HR Professional of the Year" in the BNHRA's 2010 HR Excellence Awards. Holly serves on the Boards of Kenmore Rotary and the Graycliff Conservancy, in addition to organizing Buffalo’s annual DisruptHR event.