On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Senate voted to override Governor Hogan's veto of the General Assembly's paid leave bill from last year's legislative session. As such, the paid leave bill (formally known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act) is slated to become law in Maryland on February 11, 2018. Penalties for failure to comply can be severe.

The law requires employers with over 14 employees to provide paid sick and safe leave. The law requires employers with 14 or less employees to provide unpaid sick and safe leave.

In order to get ready for implementation of this legislation employers should act immediately to avoid costly compliance issues.1. Employers should compare their existing paid leave policies, if any, to the requirements of the Act.Employers should compare their existing paid leave policies, if any, to the requirements of the Act.

  1.  Employers should ensure their time keeping systems have the capability of tracking the accrual of paid leave
  2. Employers should ensure that existing leave policies allow for the use of paid leave in all the situations contemplated by the Act.