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On January 12, 2018, the Maryland legislature voted to override Governor Hogan’s decision to veto the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, HB0001 of the 2017 Legislative Session. With this move, employers are required to provide sick leave to their employees beginning February 11, 2018.
Specifically, the Act requires that employers with 15 or more employees provide their employees with one hour of paid sick and safe leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours (equal to 5 days) per year. The Act also requires that employers with fewer than 15 employees provide their employees with unpaid sick and safe leave.
Employers must provide notice to their employees that they are entitled to sick and safe leave under the Act. A model notice will be created for employers to display with other employment notices. This poster is not yet available as of the date of this posting.
It is important to note that the Act does not preempt Montgomery County’s existing Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law.
We recommend that employers take immediate action to review their employment policies, modify existing leave policies as necessary to comply with the Act, notify employees of any changes to existing workplace policies, as well as their rights under the new law.
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