(Jan. 12, 2018 – ANNAPOLIS, Md.) – In effectively their first order of business after gaveling in the 2018 General Assembly legislative session, Maryland legislators overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s May veto of 2017 House Bill 1. This would mean that mandatory paid leave, as laid out in the bill, would become law in 30 days.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce worked to prevent this override because of the damage it will do to employers and their employees. While well-intended, the bill ignores business concerns about excessive fines for even tiny infractions, onerous administrative burdens, prohibitive costs to comply, unprecendented low thresholds for hours worked, and other threats.
This is particularly dangerous for Maryland’s small businesses. HB 1 could put companies out of business or force them to cut back on staff, benefits and other areas critical to Maryland’s workforce.
“Since the legislature has made its decision without regard to employers’ concerns, we will now ask for a delay in the effective date to give businesses time to prepare for the mandate,” said Christine Ross, president & CEO of the Maryland Chamber. “And we will continue working to find ways to minimize the damage the law will do to employers and their employees.”