Remote’s guide to employing in

Maryland
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  • Capital City

    Annapolis

  • Currency

    United States Dollar ($, USD)

  • Population size

    6,200,000

Services available in this country:
Global Employment ServicesPayrollContractor Management
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Facts & Stats

Boat on Maryland waterfront
  • Capital City

    Annapolis

  • Currency

    United States Dollar ($, USD)

  • Population size

    6,200,000

  • VAT - standard rate

    N/A

From the bustling energy of Baltimore to the scenic beauty of Chesapeake Bay, the Old Line State is a state of charm, tradition, and economic vitality.

With a legacy of innovation and a thriving healthcare and biotech sector, Maryland’s renowned universities, cultural diversity, and proximity to the nation's capital make it an attractive destination for both talent and businesses alike.

Grow your team in Maryland with Remote

If you want to hire in Maryland, you’ll need to own a legal entity there — or partner with a global employment solutions provider, like Remote.  

We can employ top talent in Maryland on your behalf and manage complex HR tasks such as onboarding, payroll, benefits, and taxes. You can also manage and pay your contractors in Maryland through Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Maryland, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Maryland may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

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Employing in Maryland

In Maryland, workers’ rights are protected by numerous employment and labour laws, at both the state and federal level. As a result, employees enjoy protection from discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and race.

Here are the key things you need to know about hiring in Maryland.

Hours of work in Maryland

Work and overtime laws in Maryland are governed by the state’s Department of Labour.

What is considered full-time employment in Maryland?

In Maryland, full-time employment is generally considered to be between 30 and 40 hours per week.

Do pay employees get overtime in Maryland?

Under the federal Fair Labour Standards Act, non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay of 1.5x their regular pay rate if they work more than 40 hours in a week.

Employees are generally (but not always) exempt from overtime if they:

  • Earn more than the specified state or federal exemption threshold

  • Perform a role with duties that are considered executive or managerial

  • Work in a certified or licensed profession, such as law, accounting, architecture, or engineering

In Maryland, the pay threshold for exemption is currently $684 per week, which is the federal minimum.

Note that the federal pay threshold for exemption is currently being reviewed in the US.

Minimum wage in Maryland

The minimum state wage for private sector employees is currently $15 per hour.

Onboarding timeline in Maryland

We can help you get your new employee started in Maryland fast, with a minimum onboarding time (MOT) of just 2 working days. Note that the MOT is dependent upon registration with the local authorities, and begins after the employee has submitted all the required information on the Remote platform.

For non-citizens of the US, a work eligibility assessment may be required, and can add three extra days to the onboarding time. If a follow-up is needed, there may be additional delays.

Please note that payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote’s payroll cut-off date is the 10th of the month, unless otherwise specified.

Payroll cycle in Maryland

Under state law, employees must be paid at least twice per month. 

For Remote customers, employee payments are made twice per month in equal instalments, payable in arrears. The first payment is made on the 15th of the month and the second payment is made on the final day of the month. If relevant, bonus payments, commissions, and expense reimbursements are included in the second payment of the cycle.

Are employers required to provide health insurance in Maryland?

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, organisations with a headcount of 50 or more must offer statutory health insurance to their full-time employees.

Many employers also offer some level of supplemental health insurance. While this can lead to a relative rise in employment costs, it’s an essential benefit that ensures your people have access to routine care and are covered in the event of an emergency. 

Because Remote is the employer of record (EOR), it’s important for us to offer the same core benefits to all employees to ensure fair and non-discriminatory hiring practices. This protects both your business and ours.

Note that we do not add a markup on any benefits premiums or administration costs.

Are employers required to offer 401k in Maryland?

Yes. Organisations must offer a retirement plan to their employees. You can either choose your own qualified savings plan, or enrol your employees into the state-sponsored Maryland$aves Secure Choice Program.

Note that this only applies if your business:

  • Has at least one W-2 employee

  • Has been in business for at least two years

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Competitive benefits in Maryland

Remote can help you craft a competitive benefits package to attract and retain the best global talent. Our benefits experts understand the trends, requirements, and expectations of the Maryland labour market, allowing your employees to feel appreciated and thrive.

Our benefits packages in Maryland usually include some or all of the following:

  • Pension / 401k retirement plan

  • Medical insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Health Saving Plan (HSA)

  • Long term disability insurance (LTD)

  • Dental insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Taxes in Maryland

Employment taxes and statutory fees affect both your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Maryland.

Employer taxes

Employment Tax

6%

Federal unemployment insurance tax (FUTA) (charged on the first $7,000 an employee earns per year)

1% to 10.5%

State unemployment insurance tax (SUTA)

6.2%

FICA (Social security)

1.45%

FICA (Medicare)

Employee taxes

Payroll Tax

10% to 37%

Federal income tax

2% to 5.75%

State income tax

6.2%

FICA (Social security)

1.45%

FICA (Medicare)

Types of leave

Holiday

In Maryland, there is no state or federal law that requires employers to provide paid or unpaid holiday leave to their employees, although many organisations do.

Sick leave

Under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, sick leave entitlement is dictated as follows:

Companies with 15 or more employees must provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked (up to 40 hours per year)

Companies with fewer than 15 employees must provide unpaid sick leave

To be eligible, your employees must have worked for your company for at least 106 days.

Note that the law differs slightly for employees in Montgomery County.

Can an employer deny sick time in Maryland?

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid sick leave per year, provided they:

Have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months

Work in a location where at least 50 people are employed by the company within a 75-mile radius

Parental and maternity leave

Employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid maternity or paternity leave under the FMLA.

This is supported by the state’s Parental Leave Act, which offers up to six weeks of unpaid parental leave for employees in companies that have between 15 and 50 employees in a 75-mile radius.

Some organisations opt to pay a reduced pay during this period.

Bereavement leave

Under the Maryland Flexible Leave Act, employees are entitled to paid bereavement leave (for deaths of immediate family members).

Jury duty

Employees must report for jury duty if summoned (unless exempt). Jurors are typically on call for two weeks.

Do employers have to pay for jury duty in Maryland?

No. Private sector employers are not required to pay employees on jury service, but they must provide unpaid leave, and cannot penalise or terminate an employee on jury duty. Some employers provide paid leave.

Military leave

Under state and federal law, employers must grant unpaid leave to employees who are members of the military or the National Guard for military duty or training.

These employees have the right to take time off for their military obligations, and employers are prohibited from discriminating against them based on their military service.

Employment termination

Termination

Like nearly all US states, Maryland is an at-will state. This means both employers and employees can end the employment relationship without reason, provided it is legal.

Remote’s legal experts can help you navigate terminations to ensure employees are only let go fairly, negating any potential legal complications.

Notice period

Employers and employees are not required to provide notice of termination, unless otherwise stated in the employment contract.

Despite this, it's usually customary for employees to provide two weeks' notice when leaving an organisation.

Severance pay

Employers are not legally required to provide severance pay (unless it is stipulated in the employee's contract or in the company policy).

Employers must pay any accrued but unused holiday time, unless it is stipulated otherwise in the employment agreement.

Probation periods

There is no requirement to provide a probation period for employees, although many companies implement internal probation policies. These policies typically involve a formal performance evaluation after a specified period, such as three or six months.