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Require paid leave, but for large businesses only

Gov. Hogan today announced a compromise proposal to provide paid leave benefits. In Dec. 2016, Gov. Hogan became the first Republican governor in the nation to introduce a statewide measure to expand paid leave. The governor's proposal would have required larger businesses to provide paid leave, incentivized small businesses to offer this benefit by providing tax incentives to help offset the costs. The legislature instead passed the confusing, unwieldy, and unfair House Bill 1 (HB1); Governor Hogan vetoed the legislation in May.

Under the Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018, businesses with 25 or more employees will be required to offer paid leave to their employees by the year 2020. In the spirit of true compromise and collaboration, the governor's Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018 was developed using HB1 as a starting point, striking out burdensome red tape and intrusive provisions to create a streamlined, simpler proposal.

Source: Press release on Maryland voting record: HB1 veto , Nov 28, 2017

Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act

For the last few years, there has been a great deal of discussion and debate in these chambers around the issue of sick leave in Maryland. Employees without this benefit are sometimes faced with hard choices about their health and welfare, like whether to risk showing up to work sick or not receiving a paycheck. Let's strike a compromise, considering the needs of Maryland employees while not hurting our small business job creators.

Let's work together to pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act of 2017, which requires larger companies to provide paid sick leave and encourages small businesses to offer paid sick leave by giving them tax incentives to offset the costs of providing those additional benefits. In this way, we can provide even more employees the benefit without hurting the small business owners and without causing the loss of jobs.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature , Feb 1, 2017

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