Paid sick leave now required for most Maryland businesses

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Despite a strong effort by Hogan to convince Democrats to abandon the legislation, which he said would hurt businesses and potentially invade workers' privacy, the Senate voted 30-17 to override the veto, one vote more than was needed.

The Maryland General Assembly has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that prohibits public colleges from asking about a prospective student's criminal history on an application.

The law, which took about five years to pass, will pay the leave at the employee's regular wage, according to a state legislative summary. They will have part-time employees who are in every way cheaper.

But for Hershey and other Eastern Shore lawmakers, like Democratic Sen.

Hogan supports paid sick leave, but said in a statement the Democrats' bill would penalize small businesses. "Absolutely not", Middleton said.

The Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday also overrode the same two vetoes by Hogan - paid sick leave and the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act of 2017, also known as "Ban the Box".

Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles), chairman of the Finance Committee, which debated the bill past year, said that he viewed its passage as part of his responsibility as a legislator to "protect the health and welfare of our citizens". Given their own admission that HB1 will hurt small businesses, we urge legislators to fast track the governor's Small Business Relief Tax Credit to ensure employers aren't forced to close their doors and lay off their employees. This bill, he said, would make him think twice before hiring a 15th because he would have to provide paid sick leave for all of them.

While Hogan offered his alternative, Democrats criticized the governor for not working with them on a shared solution. If he wants to come down and work with us and work with the advocates to change it, I have no problem with that. but just to put a bill in front of us and say: "'work it, ' I just don't see how it happens".

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