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ACTION ALERT: The Healthy Working Families Act has been held up in committee and we need it to move to the Senate and House for a vote.  To urge movement of the bill, click here.


Economic sufficiency is a goal for many Maryland families. Earned Sick and Safe Leave is one avenue to help families get there. Many low-income wage earners cannot afford to be sick as it means lost wages. Lost wages mean an inability to pay for expenses that keep a family afloat month-to-month. Therefore, we have joined the Working Matters Coalition to push for Earned Sick and Safe Leave which is now called the Healthy Working Families Act.

Updates:

February 3, 2015
Testimony in Support of SB40-Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

General Assembly Bill Synopsis: Requiring specified employers to provide employees with specified earned sick and safe leave; providing for the manner in which earned sick and safe leave is accrued by the employee and treated by the employer; requiring an employer to allow an employee to use earned sick and safe leave for specified purposes; requiring an employee, under specified circumstances, to request leave, notify the employer of specified information, and comply with specified procedures; etc.

To read our testimony, click here.

February 6, 2015
Healthy Working Families Act filed today in the House with 77 sponsors

March 3, 2015
The bills are still in subcommittee and still in the negotiation stage.

March 12, 2015
Received word that the bill has been held up in committee and may not come up for a vote.  Melissa Broome, senior policy advocate for the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF), sent out a request for partners to galvanize their supporters.  JOTF provided language for partners to use or modify as they saw fit.  The language was used as a basis for the legislative alert which was sent out to more than 11,000 supporters. Supporters were urged to contact legislators to move the Healthy Working Families Act out of committee and to the Senate and House Floors.  If you want to send a letter, click here.

Earned Paid Sick Leave Call to Action FINAL

 

April 9, 2015
Healthy Working Families Act will not advance in 2015.  A letter from Chairman Davis and Chairman Middleton continues to express support for the issue, stating it is not a matter of “if” but “when.”

While this year’s lack of action is frustrating, this letter sends a clear signal that the chairmen are engaged in a way that they have not been in the past.  It means that serious conversation will take place amongst the two sides over the interim, we’ll have the opportunity for a fall briefing or hearing, and we’ll undoubtedly be in a better place when we hit the ground running next January.