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New Maryland Laws Effective October 1st 

As of October 1st, a number of changes to Maryland law take effect. 

Among the statutory changes is a change to 
Title 3 of the Labor and Employment article of the Maryland Code as a result of the Flexible Leave Act.  The change in the law entitles employees of an employer with fifteen or more employers to use their leave in additional ways.  The new law states that any employee who is otherwise entitled to leave without pay under their employer’s benefits policies may now use such leave to care for the illness of an immediate family member.  An immediate family member is defined to include a spouse, a child or a parent.  This new law allows employees to use any paid time off, including sick time, vacation time or compensatory time for the care of an immediate family member.  The law does not change rights under the Family Medical Leave Act.

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