How to Comply with New ‘Sick & Safe’ Law


It goes live on 2/11, but a new bill might delay for 60 days

Maryland contractors are bracing for the implementation of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act* (aka ‘Sick & Safe’). Hours must be accrued for eligible employees starting February 11, 2018.  But given the often-lengthy procedures for implementing new regulations, it could be months before state investigators have guidance on how to enforce.

As of February 8, 2018, the Senate has advanced a bill to delay the Act’s effect until July 1, 2018, which is expected to face considerable opposition in the House.

The Act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked to eligible employees, and employers with 14 or fewer employees must provide one hour for every 30 hours of unpaid sick/safe leave to eligible employees. The maximum sick leave time provided per year is 40 hours and it can be carried over to the following year with a maximum of 64 hours.

But the delay in issuing regulations doesn’t mean that contractors should not take steps now to comply.  All employers should begin to accrue hours for eligible employees and plan for changes to existing paid leave programs as well as providing notifications of a new act to the company’s employees.

To find out more, please contact ABC’s Richard Asher or attend the below seminar!


Upcoming Employment Law Seminar with Matthew George Kuspa, Esq.

Tuesday, March 13

Matthew’s upcoming presentation on employment law will cover:

  • Maryland’s Paid Sick Leave Law
  • Workplace Harassment – Best Practices for Preventing and Responding to Claims
  • Federal, State, and Local Employment Law Updates

Maryland’s Paid Sick Leave Law. Matthew will explain your company’s requirements under the MHWFA, provide recommendations for modifying your existing policies and procedures, and discuss your company’s options for modifying your leave programs for compliance with the new law.

Workplace Harassment. Harassment, in whatever form, has costly effects on employee morale and productivity, company reputation, and sometimes, your bottom line. This presentation will cover best practices for preventing and responding to claims of workplace harassment, including your obligations under Federal and state law and modifying your existing policies and procedures to appropriately address claims of harassment.

Register now for Matthew’s March 13th Seminar.

Matthew’s presentation will begin at 8:00 A.M. at ABC Baltimore located at 1220B East Joppa Road, Suite 322, Towson, MD. Any questions? Please call ABC at 410-821-0351.