Labor

Legislation/IssuesSynopsisResourcesNew This Week/Upcoming Dates
SB 211 (HB 375) - Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) Establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide temporary benefits to a covered individual who is taking leave from employment; establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund; requiring, beginning January 1, 2022, certain employees, employers, and self-employed individuals to pay certain contributions; authorizing, beginning July 1, 2023, a covered individual taking certain leave from employment to submit a claim for benefits; authorizing the establishment of private employer plans; etc. SB 211

HB 375

Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. (12/23)

Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. (2/8)
SB 307 - Labor and Employment - Direct Care Workforce Innovation Program Establishing the Direct Care Workforce Innovation Program in the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning within the Maryland Department of Labor; requiring the Division to provide certain matching grants to certain entities to create and expand on successful recruitment and retention strategies that address certain barriers to increasing the population of direct care workers; requiring the Governor to include a $250,000 appropriation in the annual budget bill for the Program; etc. SB 307

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 699 (5/30)
SB 473 (HB 56) - Labor and Employment - Leave With Pay - Bereavement Leave Authorizing employees of certain employers to use certain leave with pay for bereavement leave; defining the term "bereavement leave" as leave an employee is allowed to use on the death of a member of the employee's immediate family; and defining the term "child" for purposes of certain bereavement leave to include an adopted, biological, or foster child, a stepchild, or a legal ward. SB 473

HB 56

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 574 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 573 (5/30)
SB 486 (HB 581) - Labor and Employment - Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers' Protection Act) Requiring an essential employer to give a written statement regarding certain hazard pay paid to certain essential workers at certain intervals; requiring an essential employer to take certain actions related to occupational safety and health during an emergency; authorizing an essential worker to refuse to fulfill a certain responsibility under certain circumstances; prohibiting an essential employer from retaliating or taking other adverse action against an essential worker or other worker for certain actions; etc. SB 486

HB 581

SB 486- Essential Workers Protection- Oppose.pdf (2-11)

HB 581- Essential Workers Protection Act.pdf (2-11)

Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. (1/26)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 736 (5/30)
SB 504 - Discrimination in Employment - Use of Medical Cannabis - Prohibition Prohibiting an employer, except under certain circumstances, from discriminating against an individual because of the individual's receipt of a certain written certification for the use of medical cannabis or the individual's positive drug test under certain circumstances; and establishing that certain provisions prohibiting employment discrimination do not prohibit an employer from adopting policies and procedures that prohibit an employee from performing the employee's duties while impaired by medical cannabis. SB 504

Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. (1/25)
SB 594 - Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Verification Altering the circumstances under which an employer is authorized to require an employee who uses certain sick and safe leave to provide verification that the leave was used appropriately; and authorizing certain employers to deny a certain request to take certain sick and safe leave if the employee fails or refuses to provide certain verification. SB 594

Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (2/1)
SB 725 (HB 1247) - Workers’ Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner. SB 725

HB 1247

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
SB 728 (HB 923) - Labor and Employment - Worker Safety and Health - Injury and Illness Prevention Program Requiring employers with 10 or more employees, or whose rate of work-related injury and illness exceeds the average incidence rate of all industries in the State to develop and implement a health and safety committee to promote health and safety in the workplace; providing for the membership, meetings, and duties of the committee; requiring that the committee maintain certain records and retain the records for a certain period of time; requiring each employer to establish and maintain an injury and illness prevention program; etc. SB 728

HB 923

SB 728- Labor and Employment- Worker Safety and Health- Injury and Illness Prevention Program- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-10)

HB 923- Labor and Employment- Worker Safety and Health- Injury and Illness Prevention Program- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m. (2/19)

Hearing 3/05 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
SB 756 - Workers’ Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; requiring an individual who is eligible for benefits under certain provisions of the Act to provide a copy of a certain test or written documentation to the employer or insurer; applying the Act retroactively; etc. SB 756

SB 756 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 - oppose.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)
SB 806 (HB 986) - Labor and Employment - Workplace Fraud Act - Rebuttable Presumption of the Employer-Employee Relationship Establishing that an employer may overcome the presumption of an employer-employee relationship under the Workplace Fraud Act and establish that a certain individual is acting as an independent contractor on a certain showing. SB 806

HB 986

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/9)

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/17)
SB 812 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; requiring an individual who is eligible for benefits under certain provisions of the Act to provide a copy of a certain test or certain written documentation to the employer or insurer; etc. SB 812

SB 812 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 - oppose.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)
SB 813 (HB 1199) - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease the was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; requiring an individual who is eligible for certain benefits to provide a copy of the positive test or written documentation confirming the diagnosis to the employer or insurer; etc. SB 813

HB 1199

SB 813 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 - oppose.pdf (3-8)

HB 1199- Worker’s Compensation – Occupational Disease Presumptions – Novel Coronavirus (Essential Workers’ Compensation Act)- Oppose.pdf (3-2)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
SB 860 - Workers' Compensation - COVID-19 Occupational Disease Presumption - Public School Employees Establishing that, under certain circumstances, public elementary and secondary school employees in the State are presumed to have an occupational disease that is compensable under workers' compensation law after a certain positive test or diagnosis for COVID-19; providing that a certain presumption may be rebutted with certain evidence; and terminating the Act after July 31, 2022. SB 860

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)
SB 911 - Unlawful Employment Practice - Statute of Limitations and Remedies Increasing the limitations on the amount of compensatory damages and punitive damages that may be awarded to a complainant in a certain unlawful employment case; increasing the period of time, from 2 years to 3 years, for which a claimant may recover back pay in a certain unlawful employment case; and increasing the period of time, from 2 years to 3 years, during which a complainant may file a civil action that alleges an unlawful employment practice that does not allege harassment. SB 911

Motion Special Order until Later This Session (Delegate D.E. Davis) Adopted (4/12)
SB 912 - Maryland Wage and Hour Law and Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law - Antiretaliation Provisions Prohibiting certain employers from taking certain actions under the Maryland Wage and Hour Law and the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law; prohibiting certain employers from discriminating against certain employees under certain circumstances; altering the list of acts that constitute adverse action under a certain provision of law to include a reduction in work hours or other unfavorable schedule changes and the reporting of the suspected citizenship or immigration status of an employee; etc. SB 912

Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m. (2/16)
HB 124 - Occupational Safety and Health Standards to Protect Employees - Aerosol Transmissible Diseases and COVID-19 Requiring the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to adopt regulations, by October 1, 2021, establishing an occupational safety and health standard protecting employees from exposure to aerosol transmissible diseases; requiring the Secretary of Labor, the Commissioner, and the Maryland Department of Health to develop an Emergency Temporary Occupational Safety and Health Standard to Protect Employees From COVID-19 by March 1, 2021, and to make the information available on the Department of Labor's website; etc. HB 124

Withdrawn by Sponsor (4/10)
HB 350 - Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Verification Altering the circumstances under which an employer is authorized to require an employee who uses certain sick and safe leave to provide verification that the leave was used appropriately; and authorizing certain employers to deny a certain request to take certain sick and safe leave under certain circumstances. HB 350

Withdrawn by Sponsor (4/10)
HB 1045 - Labor and Employment - Elective Medical Procedures - Employee Protections Prohibiting an employer from requiring an employee to undergo a certain medical procedure unless the procedure would have a substantial effect on the employee's capacity or fitness to perform the job properly; and prohibiting an employer from taking a retaliatory action against an employee who declines to undergo a certain medical procedure. HB 1045

Hearing 3/05 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)