Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
As of February 11, 2018, employers are required to accrue “sick and safe leave” for all covered employees. Covered employees are defined as those who regularly work 12 or more hours per week. Employers with 15 or more employees must provide paid leave, while employers with 14 or fewer employees must provide unpaid leave. Sick and safe leave accrues at a rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours worked, with a cap of 40 hours of earned leave in a year. Employers that have an existing PTO policy that provides leave in an amount equal to or greater than the amount that is provided for under the law do not have to provide additional leave.
Employees are allowed to use leave under the following conditions:
- To care for or treat the employee’s (or family member’s) mental or physical illness, injury, or condition
- To obtain preventative medical care for employee or family member
- Maternity/Paternity leave
- Absence due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking committed against employee or family member (see link for additional details)
A family member includes a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling.
Leave may be taken in increments provided by the employer and may also be requested by employee when foreseeable. An Employer can deny leave in certain circumstances.
Employers must provide employees with a statement of available earned sick and safe leave, which may be provided with an online system.
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