Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (House Bill 1) Guidance:
Frequently Asked Questions
On February 11, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act went into effect. Since being established only a month ago, the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance has received more than 1,300 emails from employers and employees with specific questions about complying with the law. The most common of these questions have been compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, available at www.dllr.maryland.gov/paidleave.
The document is being provided to assist employers with compliance as well as facilitating a discussion with employees regarding their rights under the law. Responses are preliminary and subject to change. Please note that the department cannot provide legal advice regarding specific employer leave policies or employee exemptions under the law. These FAQs are for informational purposes and are intended to provide general guidance to employers and employees about the requirements of the law.
The department encourages stakeholder input on these FAQs. Final guidance documents will be released based on feedback our office receives as well as changes to the law during the General Assembly session.
In addition to the FAQs, the department has provided a draft sample employee notice poster for your place of business, available at www.dllr.maryland.gov/paidleave.
Finally, the department continues to develop sample policies that will be available on the department’s website in the near future.
Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2018.04 creating the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to assist small businesses in complying with House Bill 1 (HB1). Questions can be sent to this office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read our previous blog post Maryland Paid Sick Leave Takes Effect February 11, 2018 for all the details.
Download the poster/employee notice for your office, as well as the FAQs
Should you have any questions, please reach out to your FosterThomas benefits account manager or customer service representative.
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