Maryland Sick Leave Advocates Talk Strategy with National, Local Allies

Based on recent conversations, advocates for sick leave for Maryland workers plan to bring back a bill that would require businesses and governments to allow their employees to earn sick leave as they work. The Capital Gazette reported that planning by advocates has begun for the 2016 Session that begins this January.

As reported by the Capital,

The Working Matters Coalition, which is heading the campaign for paid sick days in the state, held a teleconference Monday night, involving worker advocacy groups, local elected officials and Jordan Brooks, assistant director of the White House’s Council on Women and Girls, to discuss strategies.

Expecting a return of the legislation, MACo met with sick leave advocates in September to discuss county concerns with legislation submitted in past legislative sessions. While county governments provide generous vacation and sick leave packages to full time employees (much more than the minimum required in the legislation), incorporating all county seasonal, temporary, and grant-funded positions into a new system could create costs and administrative difficulties.

For more information, see the full story from the Capital Gazette, our previous post, Sick Leave Bill Will Wait For Next Year, or contact Robin Clark at MACo.