Ins-and-outs of the Maryland paid sick leave law

Updated information on the Maryland paid sick leave law – officially known as the Healthy Working Families Act – is just out from the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. It includes an updated employee notice poster for businesses, which can be accessed here.

Dealers can access a list of Frequently Asked Questions here. The site also links to model policies for an employee handbook or other employee benefits documents.


Answers to the most commonly asked questions are these:

  • The law became effective Feb. 11, 2018, for businesses with 15 or more employees;
  • All businesses with employees whose primary work location is in Maryland are required to offer sick and safe leave, no matter where the employer is located;
  • Leave accrues at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours an employee works;
  • The state law pre-empts the Montgomery County paid sick and safe leave law.

The FAQs are intended to provide general guidance and do not constitute legal advice. Questions about the new law can be directed to

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