Montgomery County’s new Sick and Safe Leave Law goes into effect Oct. 1 and would require most employers in the County to provide paid time off of illnesses and injuries to its employees.
The law will require employers with five or more employees to give their employees up to 56 hours of paid sick leave in a calendar. Employers with less than five employees must provide their employees with 32 hours of paid sick leave and 24 hours of unpaid sick leave in a calendar year.
The law mandates that an employee earn one hour of sick and safe leave for every 30 hours of work within the County.
Although many employers in the County already provide sick and safe leave to their employees, it was not required until the bill goes into effect on Oct. 1.
The law requires that employers give written notice to their employees that they are entitled to sick and safe leave and how they can accrue paid hours off and what reason employees can use to justify sick and safe leave.
The law entitles employees to take time off to treat a mental, physical illness, injury or condition, to take care of a family member who is sick, if the employee’s office has been closed due to a public health risk or if the employee is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
All employees who regularly work in the County for eight hours a week or more are entitled to sick leave under the new law.
The law will exempt the federal, state and local government employer, with the exception of the County, from giving their employees sick and safe leave.
The law was originally passed in June of 2015 to insure workers in the County can take time off if they or family members are sick. Currently, the County Council is considering a bill that would expand sick and safe leave to cover maternity and paternity leave.