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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Maryland-Paid Sick Leave Act

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly did not enact a new workplace law regarding sick leave.  The Maryland Paid Sick leave Act returned to the General Assembly this year and again failed. 

The act would have required businesses with fifteen or more employees to allow workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every thirty hours worked, up to a minimum of five days per year. Businesses with less than fifteen employees would have been required to offer the same amount of unpaid sick leave.

Four states currently have laws requiring paid sick leave for employees-Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

We’re writing about an act that didn’t happen because this issue was addressed in the 2015 session as well. Be sure that it will be back in 2017.


A proposal by the Governor to reduce business filing fees was also defeated.