Small business owners can rest easy. Maryland paid sick leave legislation survived the House but, it did not survive the Senate. The chairman has commented that the legislation needs too much work and there's not enough time to finish it this session.
The proposed legislation requires businesses with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave for workers. Employees will earn one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours on the job with up to seven days per year. Agriculture employees are exempt and so are workers 18 and under and seasonal staff working fewer than 90 days.
Concerns include addressing the one size fits all approach or circumstances where some businesses already offer employees as many as 15 paid days off a year. The bill allows workers to call in sick to help a family member, but the definition is too broad, and some complain about the administrative burden on the business.
Cheryl Brown is an employment law attorney with the Business & Transactional practice group at Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC. For questions about this article or other questions about employment or labor matters please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl.