Paid sick leave is a current legislative trend across America. With 50 states and 39,000 municipalities In the U.S., new rules and regulations are being mandated rapidly. Five states – Oregon, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts – have policies in place, as does the District of Columbia. Over 25 local jurisdictions in California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington also have passed laws.
If you live in Montgomery County in Maryland, you can expect this in terms of paid sick leave:
- Employers will have to provide employees with paid sick and safe leave beginning October 1, 2016.
- Employees will accrue leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked – subject to caps.
- For employers with five or more employees, workers may earn 56 hours of paid sick leave per year – they may not use more than 80 hours of earned leave per year.
- Employers must notify employees of their entitlement to paid sick and safe leave in a form.