Health Employment and Labor Blog Post Featured in Practical LawThomson Reuters Practical Law January 16, 2018
Thomson Reuters Practical Law recently featured a Health Employment and Labor blog post, “Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Bill to Take Effect After Veto Override,” authored by Brian W. Steinbach, Senior Attorney in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office.
Following is an excerpt:
On January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly completed its expected override of Governor Hogan’s May 25, 2017, veto of a bill it passed last April, joining eight other states, the District of Columbia, and various local jurisdictions (including Montgomery County, Maryland) already requiring employers to provide paid sick and safe leave.
As we reported when the bill originally passed, the new law will require most employers with at least 15 employees to provide up to five paid days (forty hours) per year of sick and safe leave to their employees, and smaller employers to provide up to five unpaid sick and safe leave days. By overriding the veto, the General Assembly rejected Governor Hogan’s original proposal for a narrower bill that would have required paid leave only for business with 50 or more employees and provided tax incentives to smaller business that provide leave, as well as his more recent proposal for a three-year phase-in that also would allow employees to use the leave for any reason.