JHU's Sick and Safe Leave Policy has been amended under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. The JHU Sick and Safe Leave Policy is now called the Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Policy. Changes to the policy include:
- Employees (including hourly paid student employees) working at least eight hours per week are eligible for Maryland Sick and Safe leave, or MDSS.
- Employees can use accrued MDSS leave after 90 days of employment at JHU instead of 106 days.
- The amount of leave accrual increased from 64 to 80 hours per fiscal year.
- The MDSS Policy is limited to employees who work in the state of Maryland.
- A public health emergency is now a covered reason for MDSS leave.
- The spouse of an employee's grandparent and the spouse of an employee's sibling are now included as covered family members.
JHU employees who do not physically work in the state of Maryland will no longer accrue Maryland Sick and Safe leave, but they will be permitted to retain those balances if they remain employed with the university. MDSS leave balances will be reinstated only for employees who terminate and return to employment in the state of Maryland within 259 calendar days.