Sick Leave Employer Mandate Advancing in Maryland

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SB 230 and HB 1 are advancing in the Maryland General Assembly’s effort to enact a state sick leave mandate for employers this session.  HB 1 received minor committee amendments before moving to the full House floor.  SB 230 will be voted by the Senate Finance Committee later this week.

The bills would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide employees with at least 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked (to a maximum of 56 hours per year).  Employers with fewer than 15 employees would be required to provide unpaid sick leave.  The bills apply to all employees who work 8 hours or more in a week.  Sick leave may be used for the illness of the employee and extended family members.  The bill would preempt local governments from adopting sick leave laws after January 1, 2017, but would not override the existing Montgomery County law.

The business community has not been successful to date in obtaining requested amendments.  This issue could be largely resolved during the next two weeks.