Fate of Maryland Paid Sick Leave Bill Unclear

Several states south of New York–which passed mandatory paid sick leave earlier last week–Maryland is on the verge of enacting its own version of paid sick leave. Or maybe not.

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act passed the Maryland House of Delegates by a healthy, veto-proof majority.

It’s fate in the state senate is another story. With only a few days left in the legislative session, state Senate President Mike Miller wouldn’t commit to moving the legislation.

Under the House bill, companies with at least 15 employees would have to allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, to a total of 56 hours of leave — or seven days.

The bill has exemptions for employees younger than 18 and for seasonal employees who work fewer than 90 days in a 12-month period.

The Senate’s slightly different version of the bill has 24 cosponsors — enough votes to be approved by the 47-member chamber. But it has remained bottled up in the Senate Finance Committee, where five of the 11 members are cosponsors.

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