On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act was passed. This override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Act that took place in May of 2017, in which he had proposed a different sick leave legislation.
The law is currently scheduled to go into effect on February 11, 2018. This Act requires Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days of paid sick leave. Businesses with fewer than 15 employees have to provide five unpaid sick days. If you are not already acting under these policies within your business, please be prepared to implement before the law goes into effect, in order to become compliant. The General Assembly may choose to delay its implementation. If anything changes, we will keep you aware.
If you have any questions regarding the Act and how it will impact you, we recommend you reach out to your legal or human resources representation.