Montgomery County wants to ensure that domestic workers in the County receive the legal protections they are entitled to under State law, as well as the right to a written employment contract governing the terms and conditions of employment.
Who is responsible for providing the employment contract?
The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) will maintain a model employment contract and a model disclosure statement that an employer may use to comply with this law. The model contract and model disclosure statement are published in English, French, and Spanish and will be maintained electronically on OCP’s website.
The law requires employers to negotiate with the domestic worker over the terms and conditions of employment and offer to sign a written contract specifying those terms and conditions of employment. An employer of a domestic worker must obtain either a written employment contract signed by both the employer and the domestic worker or a disclosure statement signed by the domestic worker.
If the domestic worker is employed by an agency, the employment contract must be between the agency and the worker.
The new law requires employers to present a written contract to domestic workers and offer to negotiate its terms. It does not require minimums in terms of payment, benefits, or time off. The contract must include the following terms:
Work Schedule (days/hours)
Whether an employer can require worker to perform additional duties
Who do I contact if my employer has not given me a written contract?
If your employer has not given you a written contract AND you did not sign a disclosure statement, contact the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection by calling 240.777.3636 or visiting the office at 100 Maryland Avenue, #330, Rockville, MD 20850.
An employer who violates this law is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation or the penalty for a Class A violation. The Director of the Office of Consumer Protection may seek damages, restitution, or any other available legal or equitable relief when seeking to enforce Chapter 11.
To file a complaint with the Office of Consumer Protection, please download our complaint form, complete it and mail the complaint form and copies of all related documentation (such as invoices, receipts or correspondence) to:
Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection 100 Maryland Ave., Suite 330 Rockville, MD 20850 Attn: New Complaint Department