If you have employees that reside in Maryland, you should be aware that paid leave legislation has recently been enacted. The first stage of the implementation process starts in 2023.
Despite the Governor’s veto, Maryland now joins 9 states and the District of Columbia that have enacted a paid leave program for employees with the passage of the Time to Care Act.
The bill provides employees up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave for specified personal family circumstances such as:
1) Care of a sick relative
2) Welcoming a new child
3) Dealing with a military deployment
The bill also includes employee job protections from retaliation or termination for using leave. Both full and part time employees who have worked 680 hours within a 12-month period are eligible.
The law and contribution requirements apply to both for profit and not for profit employers with 15 or more employees. There are also special provisions for self-employed individuals as well as employees in small firms of less than 15. The Maryland Secretary of Labor will establish the Maryland Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund by June 1, 2023. Funding of the pool is set to start on October 1, 2023, with the first benefits payable on January 1, 2025. Exemptions may be available for employers if they provide eligible employees with benefits that meets or exceeds the benefits and protections under the Act.
If you have employees that reside in Maryland, reach out to your FMLA vendor or internal FMLA administrator, and discuss their action plan to comply with this upcoming legislation.
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