HB1 – Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Families Act

This Act was passed in the 2017 Session of the General Assembly and subsequently vetoed by Governor Hogan. The following is the synopsis of HB1 as it appears on the General Assembly Web site:

In the his letter to the Speaker of the House in which he vetoes this bill, Governor Larry Hogan notes that, “Marylanders deserve a common sense paid sick leave policy that is fair, bipartisan, and balanced – and our administration’s proposal, the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act of 2017 is exactly that. It requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide paid sick leave and encourages small businesses, as defined by the widely accepted federal standards, to offer paid sick leave by providing tax incentives to offset the costs of providing those additional benefits. Our bill applies a uniform standard for all 24 jurisdictions and balances paid sick leave benefits that had the potential to cover nearly all working Marylanders without placing an unmanageable burden on job creators. Conversely, House Bill 1 is not a compromise bill, but rather a worse version of a bill that failed to pass the Democratic controlled legislature on four previous occasions. This is an example of political opportunism at its worst and the results will harm, not help Marylanders. Under this proposal, the state will determine the specific procedures that businesses must follow or be found in violation of the law, which carries with it heavy civil penalties. This approach does not allow for flexibility or take into account the specific needs and structure of Maryland businesses today. Requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns; requiring employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide unpaid earned sick and safe leave; prohibiting an employer from being required to pay a tipped employee more than a minimum wage for earned sick and safe leave; requiring the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to develop a specified model paid sick and safe leave policy for use by specified employers; etc. (READ FULL TEXT)

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