Sick Leave Mandate Passes Maryland Senate and House
The Maryland Senate and House have passed differing versions of legislation (HB 1 / SB 230) to require employers to provide paid sick leave. The House version would require 7 days of paid sick leave for employers with 15 or more employees, and 7 days of unpaid sick leave for smaller employers. The Senate version requires only 5 days of leave be provided and would provide an exemption for certain seasonal employees. Differences in the bills remain to be reconciled. AOBA fought hard with business allies to preempt the more onerous Montgomery County sick leave law, but was unsuccessful. Governor Hogan has promised to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk, but both houses appear to have the votes to override a veto.