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OSHA Voluntary Protection Program

On May 4, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (S.B. 818) establishing a Voluntary Protection Program in the Division of Labor and Industry. Under the program, the commissioner will recognize employers with places of employment with an exemplary, voluntarily implemented worker safety and health management system that exceeds basic compliance with occupational safety and health laws and regulations. The purpose of the program is to encourage participating employers to have exemplary worker safety and health programs. Employers must apply to participate in the program.

The law is effective October 1, 2017.

Personal Information Protection Act Revised

On May 4, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (H.B. 974) requiring businesses to take steps to protect against the unauthorized access to or use of an employee or former employee’s personal information when the business destroys his or her employment records. Notice requirements where a security breach occurred were also modified.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read MD H.B. 974

Workers’ Compensation

On May 4, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (H.B. 1476) imposing a $500 fine on employers who are found guilty of the misdemeanor of knowingly failing to report an accidental personal injury within the legally required time. The current fine is $50.

The law is effective October 1, 2017.

Read MD H.B. 1476