Paid Sick Leave Mandate to be Heard Next Week

Legislation to require employers to provide paid sick leave will be heard by the House Economic Matters Committee next Tuesday, February 18 and in the Senate Finance Committee next Thursday, February 20. 

There are two bills that will be heard. The first, HB 527 would require all employers, regardless of size, to provide employees with paid sick leave. The second, HB 968/SB 753, would mandate employers to provide paid sick leave if they have more than nine employees. 

The Maryland Chamber will oppose the bills. We believe that one size does not fit all in workplace regulation. Maryland employers should be able to manage their workforces and create wage and benefit programs that balance economic stresses with employee needs. Despite the good intent behind the proposed policy, several economic and practical difficulties were raised by impacted business owners when similar legislation was heard last year. 

If this issue would have a negative impact on your business, or if you would like to testify during next week’s hearing, contact Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Deriece Pate Bennett at dpatebennett@mdchamber.org.

Legislative Issues Tag: Employment Issues

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