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    Legislative News

    Updated 03/11/2021

    2021 Legislative Session

    The 442nd session of the Maryland General Assembly will reconvene for the 2021 Legislative Session on January 13, 2021. Session will end on April 12, 2021.

    Governor:     Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.
    Secretary of State:  John C. Wobensmith

    Current Bills:
    House      Total 545
    Senate     Total 410

    Note:  Cutoff Date has passed in both House and Senate for bills that can introduced and pass without going to committee.

    Legislative Session Bills:
    Highlighted Items have been updated.

    SB0105 - Peace Orders - Workplace Violance (Crossfiled: HB0289)
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing Scheduled 01/28

    Maryland SHRM Bill Sponsored by Senator Sydnor

    Making certain provisions of law relating to the filing, issuance, and modification of certain peace orders and to the shielding of certain court records of certain peace order proceedings apply to certain peace orders filed by certain employers on the basis of certain acts committed against certain employees under certain circumstances; requiring an employer to notify an employee before the employer files a certain petition; providing immunity from civil liability to a certain employer under certain circumstances; etc.

     

    SB0594 - Labor & Employment - MD Healthy Working Families Act - Verification
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing 02/25

    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.

     

    SB0158 - Election Law - Time Off for Voting (Crossfiled: HB0398)
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing 02/04

    The purpose of requiring every employer in the State to allow any employee, rather 4 than any employee who claims to be a registered voter, in the State a certain period 5 of absence from work to vote in an election, rather than only on election day; altering 6 the requirement that certain employees furnish to their employers certain proof to 7 specify that the proof be reasonable and furnished in a timely manner; repealing a 8 requirement that an employee furnish proof to the employer that the employee voted 9 or attempted to vote on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections; prohibiting 10 an employer from taking certain actions against an employee who exercises the right 11 under certain provisions of law to be absent from work to vote; making a stylistic 12 change; and generally relating to time off for employee voting.

     

    SB0211 - Labor & Employment - Family & Medical Leave (Time to Care Act of 2021)  (Crossfiled HB0375)
    Status: 
    Economic Matters - Hearing 01/28

    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.

     

    SB0191 - Labor & Employment - Hiring - Higher Education Requirements (a/k/a Give Me a Chance Act)
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing 02/04

    Prohibiting an employer from developing or implementing an application or hiring process that uses a higher education degree as a certain limitation except in certain circumstances; prohibiting an employer from using an applicant's lack of a higher education degree to deny an applicant the opportunity to apply for a position except under certain circumstances; prohibiting an employer from inquiring during the interview process about an applicant's lack of a higher education degree except under certain circumstances; etc.

     

    HB0056 - Labor & Employment - Leave with Pay - Bereavement Leave (Crossfiled SB0473)
    Status:  Passed SB0473 by Senate and 1st Reading in House....Passed HB0056 by House and 1st Reading in Senate.  Anticipating this bill will PASS.

    The purpose of authorizing employees of certain employers to use certain leave with 4 pay for bereavement leave; making a conforming change; defining the term 5 “bereavement leave”; defining the term “child” for purposes of certain bereavement 6 leave; and generally relating to an employee’s use of leave with pay for bereavement 7 leave.
    **Expands definition of child to include Adopted, Biological, Foster, Stepchild, or a Legal Ward.

     

    SB0124 - Occu Safety & Health - Aerosol Transmissible Diseases & COVID 19  (Crossfiled HB1331)
    Status: 
    WITHDRAWN FROM SPONSOR (Go To SB0898 - could be addressed by OSHA)

    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. 
    *Applies to all industries.

     

    HB0350 - Labor & Employment - MD Healthy Working Families Act - Verification
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing 01/28

    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.

     

    SB0504 - Discrimination in Employment - Use of Medical Cannabis - Prohibition
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing 02/09

    *NEW*
    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.

     

    HB0375 - Labor & Employment - FML Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021)   (Crossfiled SB0211)
    Status:  1st Reading Complete - Referral to Committee - Hearing 02/16

    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.

     

    For additional questions please feel to reach out to:
    Colleen Denston, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HRPM, FPC
    Eastern Shore SHRM, Director of Governemtn Affairs
    Email:  cpdenston@gmail.com

     

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