Maryland paid sick leave now in effect; check for compliance

The Maryland paid sick leave law took effect Feb. 11, 2018. All businesses with at least 15 employees must provide five paid days of sick leave to each full-time worker. Sick leave may be taken for illness, domestic violence, assault or stalking. Independent contractors and workers under 18 are not covered. Dealers should review their policies to make sure they are in compliance.


The Senate voted to delay the effective date until July 1 to give businesses more time to prepare, but the House did not agree to a delay. The Hogan administration said it expects to issue enforcement guidelines in the next few weeks, according to the Washington Post.


Some questions remain, such as how many hours a person needs to work to receive sick leave.  Montgomery and Prince George’s counties already have sick leave laws, and dealers in those counties need to figure out whether the state law adds new requirements.

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