On October 1, 2016, the Montgomery County, Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act (the “Act”) went into effect. As a reminder, the Act, provides paid sick leave to all employees working in Montgomery County, Maryland (the “County”), regardless of how many workers an employer employs. In addition to the various other obligations under the Act, which are discussed in detail here, employers are required to provide notice to employees of their rights under the Act, which can be achieved by posting the model notice provided by County conspicuously in the workplace.
Covered employers should immediately evaluate their current sick leave policies or paid time off policies to ensure compliance with the new law. For those Montgomery County employers who are also federal government contractors, be aware that new sick leave requirements for federal government contractors will be in effect soon as well. Our blog post on that development can be found here.