Monday, February 12, 2018

Efforts to Delay Maryland Paid Sick Leave Law Fail

Attempts to delay the Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Lay failed.  Efforts were being made to delay the law until July to give employers more time to prepare.  However those efforts failed in the General Assembly.  Many Democrats were not in favor of this delay as they believe it would give Republicans more time to have the law amended.  

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation on Friday issued a draft sample employee notice poster to be displayed in workplaces across the state. The agency said it is also developing sample policies that will be available on its website at  A copy of the poster can be found here.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Law Compliance Update

From: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (House Bill 1) - Enforcement and Implementation, February 5, 2018

Maryland Employers and Employees:

Governor Larry Hogan understands the business community has many questions regarding the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, so he established the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance (OSBRA) within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to assist small businesses in complying with the law, as well as an email address where employers may direct specific questions: 

To assist employers with compliance, the department is developing draft guidance documents and model policies, including an extensive Q&A document based on questions received through, and will continue to provide answers to specific questions upon request. These documents will be emailed to stakeholders and published to DLLR’s paid leave website at 

Before promulgating official guidance documents, the department encourages stakeholder input to be certain that the draft guidance documents address all concerns. Comments on these draft guidance documents and specific implementation questions should be directed to Following a public comment period, the department will finalize the policies based on stakeholder input and include any amendments to the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act from this General Assembly session.

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.

February 11, 2018 Effective Day: What you need to know

Emergency legislation to delay implementation of this law until July 1, 2018, is moving in the Maryland Senate. On Friday, February 2, it passed the Senate Finance Committee and will next be considered by the full Senate. After that, it would go to the House of Delegates for consideration. If this bill should pass before February 11, 2018, the Department of Labor will notify employers. However, in the event implementation is not delayed, employers should be prepared to begin tracking sick and safe leave accrual on February 11, 2018.