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Lawmakers OK paid sick leave, consider delay

January 24, 2018
11:00 AM

Paid sick leave is now law, after the legislation ping-ponged between Maryland General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan.

WHAT'S DECIDED
In one of their first moves of the 2018 legislative session, the General Assembly voted to override Hogan’s spring 2017 veto of controversial legislation mandating paid “earned sick and safe” leave. Under this new law, set to go into effect on Feb. 11 (30 days after the veto override), businesses with 15 or more employees are required to provide five paid sick days per year to employees.

Note: Although businesses with fewer than 15 employees will not need to pay sick leave, they are still impacted by the new law. 

WHAT'S UP IN THE AIR
That may not be the end of the story however. With both employers and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation needing more time to prepare, emergency legislation has been introduced which would delay enforcement of the bill for 60 days after Feb. 11. This legislation is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee this week.

Stay tuned to Agent Headlines for updates on the status of this bill, as well additional information on how to comply with this new law (for agencies of all sizes).