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    Update:  01/20/2017

    EASTERN SHORE SHRM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REPORT
    2017 Regular Session
    437TH MD GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATIVE SESSION
    ENDED APRIL 10, 2017

    For more information, contact ES SHRM's Government Affairs Director,

    Heather Parsons, SHRM-CP, PHR
     

     

    BILL:  HB01 and HB065 / SB230          PAY STUB TRANSPARENCY ACT
    SPONSORED BY:      Delegate Jackson
                                     Delegate Clippinger
                                     Senator Middleton
     
    BILL DESCRIPTION:

    Healthy Working Families Act bills (paid sick leave mandates) have returned.  One was the first bill filed.  HB 01 and HB 65 are similar to last year’s bills, covering employers with more than nine (9) employees and proscribe when, how and for whom paid sick leave must be provided and administered.  The Governor’s office has announced that the Governor will be submitting a bill that may be less onerous on employers and cover those with 50 or more employees.  Stay tuned for more information. MD SHRM has joined a coalition of business organizations that support the concept of providing employees with time off from work to balance work/life demands but have concerns about accomplishing that goal through legislative mandates.

    This webpage will be updated periodically throughout the session. We invite you to bookmark this website and visit for updates or click here for direct bill information. 

     
    STATUS:
    House:                In the House - First Reading Economic Matters 
    Senate:               In the Senate - First Reading Finance 
     
     
    Federal News
     
    FLSA "EAP"
    FLSA “EAP” Regulations Still On Hold – On Tuesday, November 22nd a Texas judged issued preliminary injunction that applied nationwide and effectively put the Department of Labor’s overtime regulations on hold.  The US Department of Labor subsequently filed an appeal to that ruling and asked the court to refrain from considering whether a final injunction would be issued until their appeal was heard. On January 3, 2017 the court declined the DOL’s request. Stay tuned to what the new Administration may bring to this sequence of events.  This is at least the third DOL regulation that has recently been delayed (See Persuader Rule below and previous “Blacklisting Rule”).
     
     
    OSHA'S RECORDKEEPING RULE
    After some delays the new rules have now taken effect.  Enforcement of the new anti-retaliation provisions took effect December 1, 2016.  The new electronic recordkeeping requirements took effect January 1, 2017.  For more information, click here
     
     
    EEO-1 REPORT

    On September 29th the EEOC announced that the new pay data collection and reporting rule (new EEO-1 reporting requirements) will take effect March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

     
    PERSUADER RULE
    On November 16th a judge issued a final injunction blocking implementation of the DOL’s Persuader rule. The new rule originally took effect April 25, 2016. But on June 27th a nationwide preliminary injunction was issued putting implementation on hold. The injunction is now final.  Click here for more information.