Governor Hogan announced today that his Administration plans to introduce the Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018 as emergency legislation on the first day of session. The bill, which would be phased in over three years, would apply to employers with 50 or more employees in 2018, employers with 40 or more employees in 2019, and employers with 25 or more employees in 2020.
It also allows qualifying businesses that demonstrate a significant financial hardship to receive a temporary waiver from the Department of Labor. The bill creates a system where all employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, which means it applies to every worker covered by the bill.
Governor Hogan will also introduce the Small Business Relief Tax Credit, which provides $100 million over five years in tax credits to businesses with fewer than 50 employees that provide paid leave benefits to their employees.
The Committee on Paid Leave Policy’s report can be found at https://www.dllr.state.md.us/paidleave/.