Maryland enacts Flexible Leave Law, more employers improving PTO

Maryland now joins the short list of states that require certain employers to allow employees to use accrued leave with pay to care for an ailing family member.

Maryland’s Flexible Leave Law, effective October 1, allows employees to use sick and vacation leave to help care for an ill immediate family member. It applies to employers with 15 or more employees that already provide paid leave. Employees who earn more than one type of leave with pay may elect the type and amount of leave they wish to use.

By adopting the Flexible Leave Law, Maryland joins California, Maine, Minnesota and Washington as the only states with this type of legislation in place.

Though they may not be forced to by law, more U.S. and Canadian employers are improving their paid time-off (PTO) benefit programs by making them more flexible and generous, according to a recent Culpepper Benefits Survey.

Some key findings from the survey:

  • 56% of companies use traditional PTO models with days allocated to specific categories (e.g., vacation, holiday, sick and personal leave).
  • 41% of companies have a PTO bank model with a pool of days, allowing employees to take time off for any reason.
  • 18% of companies allow employees to cash out unused vacation an PTO days.

Take a look at the tables on the Culpepper site for a more detailed breakdown of the survey results.

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