Maryland revises paid family and medical leave 

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May 3, 2024
Enacted on April 9, 2022 (MD Code Lab. & Empl. §§ 8.3-101 et seq.) and most recently amended on April 25, 2024 (2024 Chs. 266 and 267, SB 485 and HB 571), Maryland’s Time to Care Act (TTCA) establishes a paid family and medical leave (PFML) insurance program. Contributions — which cannot exceed 1.2% of wages — are set to begin July 1, 2025. Starting July 1, 2026, covered employees may take up to 12 weeks of leave in a rolling 12-month period, with another 12 weeks possible for employees who experience a serious health condition and need to bond with a new child. The program will replace up to 90% of average weekly wages (subject to an initial $50 minimum and $1,000 maximum, adjusted annually thereafter). Covered employers must participate in the state program or comply with an approved private plan (insured, self-insured, or a combination). TTCA leave is in addition to the state’s existing sick and safe leave under the Healthy Working Families Act, effective since 2018. For more details, see Roundup: State accrued paid leave mandates (Oct. 25, 2023).
Download the 8-page PDF for all details on the law as currently amended. As a historical note, TTCA start dates were originally Oct. 1, 2024, for contributions and Jan. 1, 2025, for benefits; then extended to Oct. 1, 2024, and Jan. 1, 2026, respectively, by a 2023 law (2023 Chs. 258 and 259, HB 988 and SB 828).

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