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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Maryland Senate overrides Hogan's paid sick leave veto; changes to become law

A controversial measure requiring Maryland employers to provide sick days for their workers will become law.

State senators voted 30 to 17 on Friday to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which the majority-Democrat General Assembly first passed last year.

The law requires businesses with 15 or more employees to offer up to five days of paid sick leave, while employers with fewer than 15 workers will need to provide five unpaid sick days. It was a top priority for Democrats, who scheduled the override votes to be among the first actions of the 2018 legislative session, which kicked off Wednesday.

The Senate vote came on the heels of the House of Delegates' decision Thursday to overturn Hogan's veto by an overwhelming 88 to 52 vote.

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

More regulations to put Maryland businesses out of business. There are going to be more unemployed people in this State thanks to Democrats. Dumb Asses!!

Anonymous said...

Careful what you approve there Dems....grass isn't necessary greener on the private industry side of the house! They are nut the gooberment.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the peoples republic of md

Anonymous said...

Idiot Communists

Anonymous said...

When I was running a small business in Md sick days were something you earned...after a year you got one day...after five years you got five days. That's on top of five paid holidays and paid vacations...two weeks after five years. And a yearly performance bonus at Christmastime. My employees were very happy with the deal and I didn't need the government to tell me how to take care of my people. They were the lifeblood of the business. Too bad all the work dried up and had to close up shop...there are a lot of good businesses out there I hope can deal with the reporting requirements for something they already do.

Anonymous said...

Very simple solution. Give them 5 sick days, take away 5 vacation days!! No harm, no foul.

Anonymous said...

I work at a place that gives sick leave. Many abuse it. This is a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Another perfectly good reason to pack up one's business and take it to another state.

If they are "earned" sick days, then the employees should work the first 5 days of each year for no check, as that money would be doled out on the sick days used each year.

When both employers and employees get tired of grovelling to State regulations, they will both leave the state.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Very simple solution. Give them 5 sick days, take away 5 vacation days!! No harm, no foul.


January 12, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Many of those businesses aren't even paying for holidays or vacations. They just can't afford it and the employers are lucky to have a job.

The way I see it, if you don't like that job try to find one that you like better.

Anonymous said...

Show the votes!!

Anonymous said...


How did Liberal Jim vote?

Anonymous said...

LOL 2 weeks vacation after 5 years. Yeah, you treated your employees like gold. Was this in the 70's?

Anonymous said...

Does the law mention what happens if you don't use it. Can you accumulate it until you retire or lose it.

Anonymous said...

Boy are the Ocean CIty employees going to love this. Especially the seasonal ones.

Anonymous said...

7:19 is correct.
Five days "paid vacation" (basically) during the summer? Hell yes!
The healing properties of the warm ocean in August is just what the doctor ordered.
This is SO serious a matter in OC that I bet the ruling will not even show up with reporting in the local papers. Once the visiting European students/workers catch on to it, it'll create chaos at many local establishments.

Anonymous said...

Try reading the law.

Anonymous said...

Seasonal don't get sick time because "seasonal" special exemptions. Most of the Russians don't come back to work after two weeks anyway. full time only

Anonymous said...

Can't find the whole thing... Is a resort area not included in the bill?

Anonymous said...

That would be too easy for the know it alls. It would take the wind out of their arguments.

Anonymous said...

The news is reporting that it includes the Eastern Shore.

Anonymous said...

"Russians" (as you say - MANY other countries are represented) are not considered seasonal. The visa allows for five months of work.
Also: Full time is a moot point. They will happily work 50-60 hours a week, unlike their snowflake American counterparts.

Anonymous said...

6:09 I know it's kind of silly for me to defend the policies of a business that no longer exists thanks to the Obama economy but yes, I felt that after 5 years of employment getting 20 paid days off a year was a pretty golden deal. How many paid days off do you get?? Maybe Joe or somebody should do a survey to see what people currently get versus what they will get with this new law. Most decent employers already have paid sick days. Nobody ever forced anyone to work for someone who didn't offer paid sick days.