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Maryland Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law

Thursday, March 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katherine Lally
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Maryland Adopts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law
McGuire Woods

On Jan. 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which requires employers in the state to permit employees to earn and use sick and safe leave. Absent further legislative action, the measure will become effective Feb. 11, 2018. Accordingly, Maryland should prepare to comply with its requirements immediately.

The Healthy Working Families Act applies to all employers in Maryland, including state and local governments; however, it makes a distinction between large and small employers. For employers with 15 or more employees, sick and safe leave is paid leave and must be paid at the employee’s normal pay wage rate (unless the employee is a tipped employee, in which case the leave may be paid at minimum wage). Employers with 14 or fewer employees may provide the leave on an unpaid basis. Full-time, part-time and temporary employees are counted in determining the number of employees.

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