On February 11, 2018, the
Maryland Healthy Working Families Act went into effect.
date, the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance has received more
than 2,000 emails from employers and employees with specific questions about
complying with the law. The most common of these questions have been compiled
into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, available at www.dllr.maryland.gov/paidleave.
As employers delve deeper
into implementation, new questions are being asked. Today’s revised FAQ
provides answers to these questions, as well as revisions to the previous FAQ
addition to the updated FAQs, the department has provided an updated employee
notice poster for your place of business, and model policies for your
employee handbook or other employee benefits documents. These resources are
also available on the paid leave website.
documents will assist employers with compliance as well as facilitating a
discussion with employees regarding their rights under the law. Responses are
preliminary and subject to change. Please note that the department cannot
provide legal advice regarding specific employer leave policies or employee
exemptions under the law. These documents are for informational purposes and
are intended to provide general guidance to employers and employees about the
requirements of the law.
The Department of Labor
continues to encourage stakeholders to provide input on these documents.
Final guidance documents will be released based on your continued feedback,
as well as changes to the law during the General Assembly session.