The U.S. Department of Labor recently took a new position on the timing of leave taken under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Many employers allow or even require workers to use up their sick time and other paid time off before initiating an FMLA leave. In a March 14 opinion letter, the DOL said that practice is improper. FMLA leave must begin to run within five days of the employer learning that leave is being taken for reasons covered by the FMLA.
Starting October 1, 2016, new paid sick leave requirements are going into effect in Montgomery County. All Montgomery County employers doing business in the county are covered by the law. Employers need to ensure they are in compliance with the new law by providing certain employees with earned sick and safe leave.
Some Maryland residents may know that our state's lawmakers have recently debated both whether the state's minimum wage should be raised and whether the state should require all employers to offer paid sick time off to all workers. While both bills are controversial, a new poll shows that the majority of Maryland voters do support the paid sick time initiative.