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Maryland employers must provide their employees sick leave

Beginning February 11, 2018, most Maryland employers are now required to provide sick leave to their employees. Mandatory employee sick leave was enacted by the Maryland Legislature last year, but the bill was vetoed by Governor Hogan. The Governor’s veto was overridden by the Legislature on January 12, 2018. With this veto override, the law is presently scheduled to go into effect on February 11 (30 days after the override vote). Although there was an effort in the Legislature to delay implementation of the law for an additional 60 days, as of the writing of this article it appears those efforts have hit a dead end. Therefore, Maryland employers will have to provide the required sick leave benefits starting on February 11, 2018, even though the Hogan administration says it will take several months for it to issue detailed regulations to implement the new law. Based on information published by the Legislature, here is a summary of what the law will require, effective February 11:

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