— NFIB Maryland (@nfib_md) March 3, 2016
Many members of the General Assembly have expressed their determination for passing a mandated paid leave bill this year. SB230/ HB1 would require all Maryland businesses to offer some form of leave.
If passed it would require:
- Businesses with 15 or more employees to give full-time and part-time workers one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to seven days per calendar year with the ability to carry a balance of unused leave into the following year
- Businesses with 14 employees or fewer would be required to provide unpaid leave
- In both instances, employers must keep detailed records of employee accrual and be subject to enforcement provisions by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry
Please contact your Senator and ask him/her to oppose Mandated Paid Leave, please also be sure to personalize your email and include your story and specific examples of how this would impact your business and your employees.
The fight against mandated paid leave came down to the wire on the final day of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller stated that the bill wouldn’t progress in the Senate after the House passed a version of the bill, but in a turn of events that are not unusual on Sine Die, the bill got a second wind.
Passage of the bill depended on Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas “Mac” Middleton’s vote and early on Monday he indicated he was voting in favor of sending the bill to the Senate floor where 24 of the 46 Senators were co-sponsors. However, a deal to pass a tax cut bill in exchange for passage of mandated paid leave fell apart leaving both bills dead.
The House version of the bill backed by Middleton would have required businesses with at least 15 employees to give workers five days of paid leave. The original bill introduced required employers to give seven days of paid leave. Businesses with fewer than 15 employees would be forced to give employees five days of unpaid leave. The bill exempted employees under 18 and seasonal employees who work fewer than 90 days in a 12-month period.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators. We would also like to give a special thanks to the members who participated in our video campaign and to those who came to Annapolis to testify against mandated paid leave. Your efforts paid off!
Watch NFIB Member Larry Stottlemyer talk about the affects of paid leave on small businesses
— NFIB Maryland (@nfib_md) February 17, 2016