Park Avenue Presentations

PTO: Is It “Paid Time Off” or “Problem Time Options”? – Working through the Pros and Cons

Thursday, April 17, 2024 at 1:30 pm ET

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Deirdre Kamber Todd
Register for Live Webinar: $299
Register for Live Webinar Plus Recording Download: $349


Bonus for Each Registrant:  The webinar speaker will answer one written question that you may submit by email within one week after the webinar.


Special Feature: If you register for this webinar and cannot attend, you will be able to access a one-time instant replay without charge for up to 90 days after the date of the webinar.


Webinar Description

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.



We will explore:

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



Continuing HRCI Credit Information

This program has been pre-approved for 1.5 hours of General recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. Use of the seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Continuing SHRM Credit

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Park Avenue Presentations is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



This event will be presented live with a PowerPoint presentation to be viewed on your computer. You may listen to the audio of the webinar by telephone or through your computer. The PowerPoint slides will be provided shortly before the event. Once you register, you will receive an email which is your receipt and which includes your instructions for dialing in and logging on. You will also receive an email reminder 24 hours before the webinar.