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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Information

February 16, 2018

On February 11, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act went into effect.

Since being established only a month ago, the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance has received more than 1,300 e-mails from employers and employees with specific questions about complying with the law. The most common of these questions have been compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document. (View a translatable version of the frequently asked questions.)

The document is being provided to assist employers with compliance as well as facilitating a discussion with employees regarding their rights under the law. Responses are preliminary and subject to change. Please note that the department cannot provide legal advice regarding specific employer leave policies or employee exemptions under the law. These FAQs are for informational purposes and are intended to provide general guidance to the employers and employees about the requirements of the law.

The department encourages stakeholder input on these FAQs. Final guidance documents will be released based on feedback our office receives as well as changes to the law during the General Assembly session.

In addition to the FAQs, the department has provided a draft sample employee notice poster available on our website for your place of busines.

Finally, the department continues to develop sample policies that will be available on the department’s website in the near future.

Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2018.04 creating the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to assist small businesses in complying with House Bill 1 (HB1). Questions can be sent to this office at its dedicated e-mail small.business@maryland.gov.

Department of Labor Issues Additional Guidance to Assist Maryland Employers with HB1 Compliance


February 9, 2018

On February 11, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act is scheduled to go into effect. The Department of Labor has made a draft sample employee notice poster (English/Spanish) for your place of business available. The department is also developing sample policies that will be available on the department’s website in the near future. (View a translatable version of the employee notice poster.)

To the extent that the Commissioner of Labor and Industry receives complaints immediately after the law goes into effect, the commissioner will work closely with employers and employees to make sure both parties understand the requirements and limitations of the law and resolve any issues as informally as possible. The commissioner will be working closely with all stakeholders to ensure fair and equitable implementation.

Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2018.04 creating the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to assist small businesses in complying with House Bill 1 (HB1). Questions can be sent to this office at its dedicated e-mail: small.business@maryland.gov.


February 5, 2018

Governor Larry Hogan understands the business community has many questions regarding the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, so he established the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance (OSBRA) within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to assist small businesses in complying with the law, as well as an e-mail address where employers may direct specific questions: small.business@maryland.gov.

To assist employers with compliance, the department is developing draft guidance documents and model policies, including an extensive Q&A document based on questions received through small.business@maryland.gov, and will continue to provide answers to specific questions upon request. These documents will be e-mailed to stakeholders and published to this site.

Before promulgating official guidance documents, the department encourages stakeholder input to be certain that the draft guidance documents address all concerns. Comments on these draft guidance documents and specific implementation questions should be directed to small.business@maryland.gov. Following a public comment period, the department will finalize the policies based on stakeholder input and include any amendments to the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act from this General Assembly session.

The General Assembly is in session until April 9, 2018, and there are several bills that could affect this legislation. Although HB1 goes into effect on February 11, 2018, bills have been introduced that would substantially impact the law.

February 11, 2018 Effective Day: What you need to know - In anticipation of the February 11 effective date, the department would like to highlight important information for employers. View this initial guidance.

You may read a copy of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.

If you have questions regarding House Bill 1 (Maryland Healthy Working Families Act), please contact small.business@maryland.gov.

Read Governor Hogan's Executive Order reorganizing government to help small businesses implement the Paid Sick Leave Act.

Read Governor Hogan's press release announcing the formation of the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance.

Read Governor Hogan's Executive Order establishing the Committee on Paid Leave. The Committee was directed to collect data from employers and workers throughout Maryland to better understand access to paid leave policies and how this benefit is best met by a fair and flexible statewide leave policy. Over the last six months, the committee met with employers and workers to collect reliable data as to how a mandated leave policy would specifically impact the Maryland workforce. The committee's findings are presented in the attached report, entitled Committee on Paid Leave Policy: Final Report.