New Montgomery County sick leave law goes into effect October 1

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A new law in Montgomery County is aimed at helping workers have access to earned sick and safe leave whenever they are in need of it.

The law requires most employers in the county to provide their workers with sick and safe leave “at a rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours an employee works in the county up to 56 hours in a calendar year.”

In a statement, the county clarified, “To help small businesses, an employer with fewer than five employees would have to provide an employee with up to 32 hours of paid sick and safe leave per year plus an additional 24 hours of unpaid sick and safe leave. Many county employers already meet or exceed the benefits required by the new law and are unaffected by the new law.”

The law will go into effect on October 1. It is aimed at protecting the most vulnerable and low-income workers in cases where they need to be absent from work to take care of issues like illness, family illness and domestic violence.

Employers will be required to give employees written notice that they are entitled to earned sick and safe leave and explain how those hours can be earned and how they can be used.