Paid Family Leave

The Maryland General Assembly on April 5, 2017 passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act which would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide their employees with 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave annually beginning on January 1, 2018.

Smaller employers, i.e., those employers with 14 or fewer employees, would be required to provide their employees with 40 hours of unpaid sick and safe leave annually.  Under the Act, employees would accrue sick and safe leave at a rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours worked. There were exceptions for employees who regular work less than 12 hours a week and employees who are employees in the construction industry.

On May 25, 2017 USNews reported that Del. Luke Clippinger, a Baltimore Democrat who was the bill sponsor, said "He (Governor Hogan) just vetoed sick leave for 700,000 Marylanders who are trying to work their way out of poverty and improve their and their families' quality of life,"

Liz Richards, the director of the Working Matters Coalition, said in a statement to Washington Post. “Make no mistake – the victims of this decision are Maryland parents and children. Instead of being able to take the time they need to care for their families, these Marylanders will continue to be forced to make decisions like taking off work to visit their sick child in the hospital or paying the rent that month.”

The Governor Hogan reportedly will sign executive orders to create a task force to study paid sick leave, to require sick leave benefits to all of the state's contractual employees in the executive branch and to authorize all Maryland procurement authorities to begin giving a preference to contractors who offer paid sick leave to employees. 

Del. Luke Clippinger in the USNews article scoffed at the governor's executive orders and his overture to keep working on a compromise. Clippinger said he has never received a call from the governor or any of his staff since Hogan entered office in 2015.

We need a Governor who is:

  • interested in the health and welfare of all Marylanders

  • and building a community that will support our children in the future.