Maryland Passes Paid Sick Leave Act - Effective February 11, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Certain Maryland employers must begin offering paid sick and safe leave to their employees under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act beginning February 11, 2018.  The Act requires Maryland businesses with at least 15 employees to offer paid sick and safe leave. Maryland is now the eighth state (behind Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) to require sick leave for employees.

Given the short timeline for implementation, employers should immediately review and revise their sick, paid time off (PTO), and other paid leave policies to comply with the Act.

The Maryland Department of Labor has made a draft sample employee notice poster (English/Spanish) for your place of business available. The department is also developing sample policies that will be available on the department’s website in the near future. To learn more go here:

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