Prince George’s Council Defeats Employer Sick Leave Mandate

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On a 3 to 2 vote, a committee of the Prince George’s County Council tabled legislation that would have required all employers to offer sick leave to their employees. CB-65-2015 was similar to the law recently enacted in Montgomery County imposing a sick leave mandate on employers. Tabling the bill effectively ends its consideration for this legislative session. Voting to table the bill were Council Members Harrison, Glaros and Davis; opposed were Members Taveras and Toles.

As an alternative to the sick leave mandate, the Committee passed a resolution (CR-52-2015) calling on the General Assembly to adopt legislation requiring employers to provide sick leave. Most employer organizations, including AOBA, favored the resolution, citing the difficulty of complying with a myriad of county and municipal sick leave laws. However, Council Members left no doubt that if the General Assembly fails to act at its 2016 session, a Prince George’s County sick leave law will pass overwhelmingly next year. Contact Ron Wineholt at rwineholt@aoba-metro.org for further information.