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Telebriefs®: Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act – What You Need to Know

Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act has been passed and employers are supposed to comply by February 11, 2018. The Healthy Working Families Act requires that all employers with 15 or more employees pay sick and safe leave during a year pursuant to a schedule of hourly accrual. Many employers already offer paid leave; they just need to ensure that pursuant to the new statute employees can accrue paid leave at the rate mandated in the Act – which is one hour of paid leave for every thirty hours of work the employee engages in during the year up to a maximum of forty hours per year. Part-time employees are included if they work more than 12 hours per week. While employers do not have to provide for more than 40 hours of earned leave in a year, they do have to provide up to 64 hours of accrued leave to be able to be used during any one year. In addition, a written leave policy must be included in your Employee Handbook or as a stand-alone policy. Employers are obligated to provide notice to the employees describing the purposes for which they can take this leave under the Maryland statute. To learn more about what counts as paid leave under the statute and what else employers need to do to prepare for February 11th, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: Trump’s selection to fill the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacancy and how to include privacy policies in Employee Handbooks.


Questions about Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act, or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

Contact Howard at or 410-209-6417



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The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call!


Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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