Flexible Leave Bill in Maryland
A new law directing how employees are allowed to take leave time was passed last week in Maryland. The Flexible Leave Act requires employers to allow their employee to use any type of accrued paid leave to care for the illness of an immediate family member. The law does not apply to businesses with fewer than 15 employees. It also does not mandate that that employers offer paid leave.
While the Maryland bill does not mandate that employers offer paid sick leave (like Issue 4, the recently removed Ohio ballot initiative), it does impact business through its vagueness.
The Flexible Leave Act “leaves business leaders confused,” says Allyson Black, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber. “This bill offers no definitions and no guidelines for implementation.”
For more information on the Maryland Flexible Leave Act visit the Maryland Chamber Blog.