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New Maryland Laws Effective Jan. 1

New Maryland laws covering minimum wage, the foreclosure process and robocalls took effect on January 1.

The minimum wage is now $15 an hour for all Maryland employers, irrespective of their size. The state was on track for full implementation by 2026, but Governor Wes Moore endorsed legislation to accelerate the timetable to 2024.

The foreclosure process for owner-occupied residential properties has been extended, requiring nine months before filing a complaint instead of six months as previously required, and seven months before issuing a mandatory foreclosure notice, which had previously been four months. These changes apply to certificates of sale issued on or after January 1, 2024.

The Stop the Spam Act also took effect January 1 and prohibits telephone solicitors from utilizing automated dialing systems or prerecorded messages without obtaining prior express written consent. The law also bars solicitors from intentionally concealing their identity on the recipient’s caller identification system. Violations of these provisions are considered unfair, abusive, or deceptive trade practices under the Maryland Consumer Protection Act.

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