Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Law-FAQ and Model Policy Notice Guidance

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Additional Guidance:
Model Policies and Updated FAQs

On February 11, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act went into effect.

To 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

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 document.

In 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.

Today's 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.

Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2018.04 creating the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to assist small businesses in complying with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. Questions can be sent to this office at