The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act requires Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. Employers with fewer than 15 employees must provide unpaid sick leave. The law went into effect February 11, 2018.
Both paid and unpaid leave must be accrued at a rate of at least one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year, and allow carryover of unused leave that can be capped at a maximum accrual of 64 hours.
According to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations (DLLR), there are still several bills that could affect this law:
“The General Assembly is in session until April 9, 2018, and there are several bills that could affect this legislation. Although HB1 goes into effect on February 11, 2018, bills have been introduced that would substantially impact the law.”
“In anticipation of the February 11 effective date, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation would like to highlight the following information for employers. Please be advised that some of this may be subject to change based on stakeholder input and any amendments to the law.
The department has already received extensive public comments as well as requests for technical assistance through the recently established small.business @maryland.gov address. Employers and employees are encouraged to send specific questions and concerns to this email address so the department can continue to address any concerns from stakeholders, and provide guidance on implementation.”
The DLLR is developing guidance documents to assist employers, which will be published on their website. You can read more about the additional employer requirements and the DLLR initial guidance here.
Employers may also post the DLLR's draft sample employee notice poster.
How to Track Accrual and Usage of Sick Leave with Corporate Payroll Services
In order to track accrual and usage of sick leave, we can:
Of course, Corporate Payroll Services will continue to keep you up-to-date if any bills or amendments pass that impact the new law.
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