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Mandated paid leave will again be a priority during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session. The controversial bill made it farther last year than it had in prior years passing the House but falling short of becoming law after negotiations between House and Senate leadership fell apart. This year legislative leaders have promised to deliver a bill. Governor Hogan has also weighed in on the issue offering his own paid leave bill.
In December 2016, Governor Hogan announced he would propose legislation requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to offer full-time workers five days of paid leave per year. The plan would also allow those employers with less than 50 employees offering five days of paid leave to qualify for an income tax break.
In a recent interview, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. said he supports legislation requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to offer seven days of paid leave. He criticized Governor Hogan’s plan saying, “The difference is [Governor Hogan] wants to help the cartels, and the corporations, the monopolies, people that have 50 employees or more. So, I think what we need to do is help the 15 employees or more.” Speaker of the House Michael Busch made a similar promise telling media outlets his chamber would pass a bill again this year.
NFIB is opposed to mandating paid leave and will continue to fight against legislation that takes away your right to run your business the way you see fit. Please help us by taking this survey about paid leave legislation and how each version could impact your business.