by Chris Majerle
Prince George’s County and Montgomery County either have passed or are considering adoption of legislation that would expand mandatory sick pay to full- and part-time workers. Full-time workers may get up to 7 days, part-time would be prorated based on hours relative to a full-time position. Unfortunately, the laws are not statewide and are not the same. This poses a tremendous problem for management firms, landscapers and many other contractors who have employees who work in multiple counties, often on the same day. It would make sense for such laws to be statewide so companies could operate under the same rules throughout the state.
Why is this important to you? It will cause all of your contractors and service providers to pay more and to invest in payroll software that will calculate these various benefits. All of these costs will find their way to your invoices. Tell your county and state legislators that employment laws should be statewide for the benefit of businesses and their consumers.
County Legislative Update
Prince Georges search bills
CB-28-2015 (pending) creates a Condominium and Property Owners Association Bill of Rights. The rights specified in the bill are either already required by law or so vague that they are seemingly meaningless.
CB-34-2015 (pending) would control the distribution of e-cigarettes to minors as well as restrict their use in eating and drinking establishments, public housing and senior housing.
CB-49-2015, CB-50-2015, CB-58-2015 (pending) enhance the Common Ownerships Communities Program operations to enable increased collection of data, including reserves held by associations, and to conduct mediation in certain disputes between owners and associations.
Montgomery County search bills
17-15 (passed effective 11/30/15) relative to towing vehicles from private property, including community associations. The bill requires increased language on signage to include ALL parking restrictions and one sign for every 45 spaces. The bill also prohibits the use of “spotters” to look for towing opportunities except between 2:00am and 9:00am. Outside those hours, written authorization of the owner or manager is required before towing. It also creates a 15-minute waiting period before towing except from fire lanes, handicapped spaces or where a vehicle obstructs traffic.
19-15 (pending) is a Landlord-Tenant bill that would create a standard lease that would be required for use in Montgomery County. It also would allow tenants a two-day right of rescission (thereby ending immediate move-ins), allow tenants to convert a one-year lease to a two-year lease within 30 days of inception, require landlords to offer two-year lease extensions, and would require a County inspection of all rental units in buildings with two or more units.
21-15 (passed effective 11/6/15) creates property tax relief for renters. Qualified renters may receive a property tax credit after submitting an application.
31-15 (pending) would require home sellers to test for radon gas and to disclose the presence of the gas to purchasers along with estimated cost of remediation.
Note: The City of Rockville has decided to rejoin the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownerships communities, this time, in perpetuity.
Howard County search bills