With summer over, Maryland employers need to turn their attention to three new workplace laws passed by the General Assembly during its last session. The new Maryland Parental Leave Act will require small employers (between 15 and 49 employees) to provide 6 weeks of unpaid leave to employees for the birth of a child, or the placement of the child with the employee for adoption or foster care. The legislature also amended the wage and hour law to implement a new increased minimum wage for Maryland employees that will be phased-in over a four-year period. Finally, the state’s discrimination law was amended to add gender identity as a protected classification. Please find a link below to detailed information regarding each of these new laws.