SB384 became law in Maryland at the close of this year’s General Assembly and will take
effect July 1. The bill addresses a key issue affecting many of Maryland’s 30,000 personal
care aides where the misclassification identifying these workers as independent
contractors excluded them from receiving social safety net program. The legislation
corrects the problem.

The legislation has two parts that benefit thousands of workers. First, it calls for the
creation of a short guidance document explaining how misclassification applies to
personal care aides and requires that the document be distributed Maryland residential
services agencies. In addition, it will expand the current reporting system.