The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act — which establishes mandatory sick leave in Maryland — takes effect on February 11, 2018. Although the act had been vetoed by Governor Hogan in 2017, the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates successfully voted to override the veto earlier this year.
February 11 will bring major changes for many businesses with Maryland employees. Except in the cases of very small employers (14 or fewer), this sick leave must be paid. Noteworthy provisions and implications of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act include:
All Maryland employers are well advised to consider the new law and their existing policies and procedures to ensure they are in compliance.
The act makes Maryland the ninth state to require employers to provide employees with sick leave. As the trend toward making sick leave mandatory continues, a prudent approach for employers everywhere is to review their existing policies and consult with counsel regarding sick leave laws in place or the implications of legislative changes that may be on the horizon.
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