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By Tashi McQueen
Afro News, Jan 7, 2024

Though many new laws from the 2023 session of the Maryland General Assembly took effect in July and October, some will not apply until 2024. Several new laws took effect on Jan. 1. ...

When it comes to earnings on the job, the Fair Wage Act of 2023 (SB555/HB549), a law that requires all Maryland employers to increase the minimum wage to $15, went into effect on Jan. 1. The minimum wage in Maryland was $13.25 for employers with 15 employees or more and $12.80 for employers with 14 or fewer employees.

“Thanks to the Fair Wage Act, Maryland will ring in 2024 with a much-needed $15 minimum wage. It will help workers put food on the table, keep a roof overhead and boost the consumer spending that local businesses depend on,” said Holly Sklar, founder and CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. “Fairer wages also help businesses hire and retain employees and deliver the reliable service that leads to repeat customers instead of lost customers.” ...

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