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Maryland Releases Poster and FAQs Regarding Sick and Safe Leave Law

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Maryland has released a draft sample poster and FAQs regarding the state sick and safe leave law, which is currently in effect.

Draft Sample Poster
An employer must notify its employees that they are entitled to earned sick and safe leave under the law. The state has released a draft sample poster (in English and Spanish) for employer use. A translatable version of the poster is also available. Additionally, the state is developing sample policies that are expected to be available in the future.

FAQs and Other Resources
The state has also released FAQs that address the following topics (among other things) regarding the sick and safe leave law:

  • Applicability and eligibility;
  • Calculation of the 15-employee threshold;
  • Sick leave accrual and tracking requirements;
  • Permissible uses of earned sick and safe leave; and
  • Employer verification of sick and safe leave use.

A translatable version of the FAQs is also available. Note that the FAQs are intended to provide general guidance about the law's requirements and may be subject to change.

Additional resources (including guidance and executive orders) are available by clicking here. The state is expected to release final guidance documents in the future.

Under the law, an employer with 15 or more employees generally must provide an employee with paid earned sick and safe leave, while an employer with 14 or fewer employees must (at least) provide an employee with unpaid earned sick and safe leave. The law does not apply to an employee who (among other things) regularly works less than 12 hours a week for an employer. Click here for more details.

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