This will be the year we get earned, paid sick leave for the 750,000 Maryland workers currently without it. Rally tomorrow night in Annapolis to bring a full-coverage bill to passage and squelch the governor's watered-down version. NOTE UPDATED LOCATION
TOMORROW EVENING, (January 23, 7 p.m.) at UPDATED LOCATION DUE TO WEATHER House Office Building room 150 in Annapolis – rally for paid sick days legislation – this will be the year at last. The address is 6 Bladen St., Annapolis MD 21401
Even Larry Hogan recognizes that the time for earned, paid sick leave for 750,000 Marylanders currently having to choose between a paycheck and a sick child has arrived.
The Governor’s watered-down proposal, however, protects most businesses and has a weak paid sick leave requirement only for businesses so large they often already offer it to employees.
The solid bill we are backing provides it for the most vulnerable:
- Parents who risk a missed paycheck at the least and firing at worst for taking time off to take a sick child to the doctor.
- Workers who must go to work sick – at risk to their health and that of their co-workers and customers. No food service workers should have to face that choice – but they are some of those most affected by the lack of paid sick leave, and those who would most benefit from getting it. Public health demands it, as well.