Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

September 25, 2018

Will Introduce Legislation to Incentivize Small Businesses to Provide Parental Benefits

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new parental leave policy for Maryland state employees, which will provide up to an additional 60 days of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child under six years old. To provide more flexibility for working parents, the 60 days may be used any time within the first six months following the birth or adoption and does not have to be used concurrently.

The new 60 days of paid parental leave is part of Senate Bill 859, which Governor Hogan supported and signed this year. The administration is going beyond the requirements of the legislation by making the 60 days of leave available for use anytime within the first six months after birth or adoption of a child, whereas traditionally parents have had to use leave time in a bloc. This additional paid leave will be granted once the employee has exhausted his or her annual and personal leave. This benefit begins on October 1, 2018.

“We are maximizing flexibility for working parents by making these 60 days of parental leave available anytime within six months following the birth or adoption of a child,” said Governor Hogan. “Because being a new parent isn’t just about being home for the first six weeks following your son or daughter’s birth. It’s also the doctor’s appointments, check-ups, and other important needs in your child’s early stages of life.”

The governor also announced that he will be submitting the Small Business Relief Tax Credit Act of 2019 on the first day of the next legislative session in January, which will expand on last year’s legislation that provides tax credits incentivizing small businesses to offer paid sick leave to also include tax credits to small businesses that offer paid parental leave for their employees.

The governor proposed the Small Business Relief Tax Credit of 2018 to provide tax credits for small businesses providing paid sick leave for their employees, and it passed unanimously in the last legislative session. The new proposed legislation will expand eligibility for the tax credit to small businesses that provide paid parental leave and double the available tax credit for businesses that provide both paid sick leave and parental leave.

“Our administration is leading by example, and it is our hope that other employers and small businesses throughout the state will follow our lead,” said Governor Hogan.

Governor Hogan made the announcement during the administration’s Montgomery County Cabinet Day, which included a public cabinet meeting in Olney, Md., followed by nearly 100 events, tours, and meetings across the county in which state officials visit local communities and hear from citizens directly.

7 Responses to Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

  1. Tea Bag King on September 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I’d swear this guy was a democrat. Cheers Governor!

  2. Publius on September 25, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    So, what’s a few more days of taxpayers’ salaries to provide a benefit most of us don’t receive? Let’s give ’em fat raises, too, while we’re at it. Next year: paid family leave for adopting fur babies.

  3. Avonaz on September 26, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Where was this idea two or three years ago? Ok…let pull this out to try to get re-elected! SMH!

  4. Ann Heslin on September 26, 2018 at 9:46 am

    This is a wonderful benefit Governor
    Hogan, but what about restoring prescription benefits for Medicare-eligible State retirees? I cannot afford to pay $800-$900 a month and more later in the year for my medication. I worked for decades for the State with a low salary, compared to Federal, County or private sector salaries. I stayed because of the promise of good benefits in retirement when I knew I would be most likely to need my health benefits. I will have to declare bankruptcy and skip doses of my medications. Please restore what we were promised.

    • Anonymous on September 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Many State retirees feels this way. The Democrats who made this happen to the over 65 retirees should be ashamed. Didn’t they have a slogan about Republicans throwing Granny off the cliff? Well, they are the group who did!!! No Democrat Maryland politician will get my vote or the vote of any of my family or friends. My dad had 11 siblings who all live in Maryland and so do their families,

  5. Karen Smith on September 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Are you kidding me? Where’s this benefit for all Maryland workers (private and state)? Makes me sick.

  6. Chris on September 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    It’s all good he will pull the $ from the States retirement system! Take your $ now instead of later!!! Great ideas pre -election! Tell everyone where the $ money came from after!