Although Maryland’s new paid sick leave law is scheduled to take effect on Feb. 11, NFIB/MD and other business groups have been pushing for an extension to allow employers more time to prepare for compliance. On Feb. 2, the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to pass a bill proposed by Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton; the measure would delay enforcement of the law until July 1.
The Baltimore Business Journal reported NFIB/MD State Director Mike O’Halloran’s comments: “Small business is very appreciative of the action taken by the Senate Finance committee this afternoon and encourages the full Senate, followed by the House, to pass this legislation immediately. Though the bill does leave major issues unresolved, small business must know they have time to comply with this costly new mandate.”
Currently, no regulations are in place to help businesses comply, and Hogan administration officials say they won’t be ready for months. In fact, Kelly Schulz, secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, told CBS Baltimore that the agency won’t distribute enforcement policies until the end of the legislative session in April, just in case the law is affected by other measures that lawmakers are considering during session. Gov. Hogan’s Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018 is still pending, for example, but no hearings have been scheduled for it.
In the meantime, consult our guide that covers everything you need to know about the new law.