Most Maryland Employers are Now Required to Provide PAID Leave

By Scott A. Mirsky

As of earlier this year, all Maryland employers with 15 or more employees are required to provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees.  In a nutshell, under the recently enacted Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (“Act”) employers must provide one hour of sick and safe leave for every thirty hours that an employee works.[1]  Under the new Act, earned sick and safe leave may be used for the following:

  • To care for or treat the employee’s mental or physical illness, injury or condition;
  • To obtain preventative medical care for the employee or the employee’s family member;
  • To care for a family member with a mental or physical illness, injury or condition;
  • For maternity or paternity leave; or
  • The absence from work is necessary due to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking committed against the employee or the employee’s family member and the leave is being used:

(1)       to obtain medical or mental health attention;

(2)       to obtain services from a victim services organization;

(3)       for legal services or proceedings; or

(4)       because the employee has temporarily relocated as a result of the domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

All employers in Maryland should review their leave policies to ensure that their businesses are in compliance with the new Act.


[1] The new Act is similar to the Montgomery County Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law (which still must be complied with by employers in Montgomery County). However, the Montgomery County law requires employers with less than 15 employee to provide paid sick and safe leave.

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