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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The recently enacted Maryland Healthy Working Families Act requires employers in Maryland to provide paid sick and safe leave for certain Baltimore County Public Schools employees who do not currently receive paid leave.

  • The new law extends paid sick and safe leave for all eligible employees, including long-term substitutes, temporary, and contractual workers who regularly work at least 12 hours per week. Eligible employees will accrue one (1) hour for every thirty (30) hours worked within a pay period. For employees who qualify under the new law, a maximum of forty (40) hours per fiscal year can accrue.

    • BCPS, and other school systems in Maryland anticipate guidance from the Office of the Attorney General about the applicability of this law to substitute teachers.    

BCPS is committed to correctly implementing the provisions of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. Because of the statute’s complexity and the significant impact it will have on our workforce, new procedures are being developed to record and track the accrual and usage of sick and safe leave. Additional written guidance concerning this new benefit will be provided to all employees when the new procedures are finalized.

Questions may be directed to HRStaffing@bcps.org. or to Maria Lowry, Assistant Superintendent, HR, at x5923.