Paid Leave Returns

During last night’s State of the Union, President Barack Obama called for Congress to send him a bill that would give every worker the ability to earn seven days of paid sick leave and help states adopt paid sick leave laws of their own. Here in Maryland, legislation has been introduced, SB 40-Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, to require employers with 10 or more employees to provide 7 days (56 hours) of paid leave and those with 9 or less employees to provide unpaid leave, to use for the purposes of illness or health care for themselves and/or family and for certain absences associated with domestic violence.

We, the Maryland Chamber, have opposed similar legislation in the past. As we move into the 2015 session, the Chamber will continue to follow this issue. The Chamber believes it is critical to preserve employers’ rights to manage their workforce without overregulation from the government. All Maryland employers should have the flexibility to create and manage wage and benefit programs that not only meet the need of their employees but the economic reality of their business.

Yesterday, January 20th, one of our members, Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, Shawe Rosenthal, LLP (, who is also General Counsel of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Chamber’s Legislative Committee and Employment Relations Task Force, spoke about this issue on WYPR 88.1 FM – Midday with Dan Rodricks.  The full interview is available by Podcast or RSS Feed.

If this issue is of interest to you and/or would like more information, please contact Deriece Pate Bennett at

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