Work & Family Policy Database
Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act
Subject: Paid Sick Days, Job-Protected Leave, Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Bill: S.B. 698/H.B. 735
Sponsor: Garagiola (D)/Olszewski (D)
Senate bill introduced and referred to Committee on Finance: 02/01/2013
House bill introduced and referred to Committee on Economic Matters: 02/06/2013
House and Senate committee hearings: 02/27/2013
Allows workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours per year. Workers may carry over up to 56 hours of leave to the next year and may use up to 80 hours of earned sick and safe time annually.
Workers may use the leave to: care for themselves or for a family member who is ill or needs preventive or medical care; in the case of a public health emergency; or if they or a family member are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
"Family member" is defined as a spouse or domestic partner; child (or a child of a domestic partner); parent (or parent of a spouse or domestic partner); grandparent; sibling (or that person's spouse or domestic partner); or grandchild.
This database provides short summaries of bills and statutes. The summaries are not intended to constitute legal advice. To find out how laws relate to your particular situation, you must contact a lawyer who specializes in employees’ rights, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (1-866-4USWAGE), your state labor department and/or your union.