Too Much of a Good Thing? The Perks and Pitfalls of Unlimited PTO

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
Unlimited PTO offers solutions to many PTO challenges but know what you’re getting into before you make the leap.

As the paid sick leave law wave continues to ripple across the country, companies are looking at ways to meet or exceed the now more than 30 different paid sick leave laws. The idea of unlimited PTO is still splashing through HR professionals' minds as an alternative way to beat the explosion of paid sick leave laws and as a way to attract and retain talent. Need to go to Hawaii for five weeks? Need a "mental health" day or two (or five)? No questions asked. What about employees who need an extended medical leave of absence? Attend this session to learn what you should know and consider before transforming your total rewards strategy to include an unlimited paid time off program. Is it a true total rewards element that attracts and retains top talent? Are they paid for the full leave duration? "Unlimited" may not really mean without limits. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to rethink paid time off.
  • Understand the catches of having an unlimited paid time off program.
  • Explore the pros and cons--does it really work for everyone?
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Marina A. Galatro, SHRM-CP

Galatro, SHRM-CP

Marina has more than 25 years of HR experience and has provided consultation, effective recommendations and support to companies on a variety of topics such as compensation, compliance, leaves of absence, paid time off, performance management, policy and procedure development, total rewards, and training and development. California leave laws are a particular specialty.

Prior to joining The ABD Team, Marina held an HR consultant role at Arthur J. Gallagher, a director of talent & rewards role at Willis Towers Watson, a senior-level HR consulting and account management role with a professional employer organization (PEO) and a director of human resources role in the sports and entertainment industry.

Marina speaks on a variety of HR topics at national conferences, as well as regional events, local seminars and educational webcasts. She has appeared in several publications — both as an author and subject matter expert.

An active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2009, Marina has met with California state assembly members to discuss pending workplace legislation and how it may impact organizations and the HR profession.


Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Critical Evaluation
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
HR Expertise
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