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2016 SINE DIE SUMMARY: Earned Sick Leave fails in Senate Finance Committee

For the first time in four years, we passed earned sick days out of the House with a rock solid majority.  We grew our campaign from the ground up and turned it into something that legislative leaders can no longer ignore.    We lined the streets with supporters, had planes flying overhead, and had phone calls coming in from Air Force One.  We packed hearing rooms, wrote letters, made phone calls, shared our personal experiences, engaged anyone who was willing to listen, and – most importantly – did everything we could to bring the stories of 700,000 Marylanders to the halls of Annapolis.

We worked together in complete coordination with each other to produce a groundswell that no one could have predicted.  And, as a result of our endless efforts, a bill that had been declared dead was resurrected and poised for passage on the final day of session.

Please, wherever you are today, stop and take a moment to appreciate all the ways YOU helped to make happen.  Without you and the organizations you each represent, we never would have made it this far.

The Earned Sick and Safe Leave bill is now the The Healthy Working Families Act.
Advocates have been fighting for five years for the right of Maryland’s employees to earn sick and safe leave days.  We remain undaunted as we start the process this year!   Follow Working Matters on Facebook here.

January 9, 2017
The fight for healthy working families is more urgent than ever.  Earnedsickdays champion Delegate Luke Clippinger will make the case for HB1, the Healthy Working Families Act.  RSVP here to attend the Rally for Healthy Families on January 23: https://www.facebook.com/events/984096371734446/

January 16, 2017
Governor Hogan proposes the Commonsense Paid Leave Act. Gov. Hogan’s bill requires that employers with more than 50 employees at each location provide “paid time off” — in whatever manner they choose — to full-time employees. Employers with fewer than 50 employees at each location who provide the leave are given a tax break.  In his bill, there are no provisions for part-time workers and therefore, will only apply to 272,000 Marylanders  instead of 512,000 under the Healthy Families Act.  Advocates are not in favor of the Commonsense Paid Leave Act.

January 19, 2017
Earned sick leave or the Healthy Working Families bill has a number in the Senate, SB230! Thank you to Senator Mac Middleton and Delegate Luke Clippinger!

January 23, 2017
News Coverage: The Debate Over Paid Sick Leave In Maryland « CBS Baltimore

February 2, 2017
Super Hero Action Day-Working Matters , for which Advocates for Children and Youth is a part, is thrilled to partner again with MomsRising.org as Superheroes (big and small) descend upon Annapolis to pass the Healthy Working Families Act!

To see the WBAL-TV coverage of the event, click here.
To see the WJZ-TV coverage of the event, click here.

March 3, 2017
News Coverage: Maryland House Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill « CBS Baltimore

March 16, 2017
News Coverage: Maryland Senate Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill « CBS Baltimore

The House and the Senate bills are different and will have to be reconciled before the Session ends April 10.  With the 29-18 vote, it makes the bill veto-proof by Governor Hogan.

The Reconciliation Process

April 3, 2017
News Coverage: Maryland Senate Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill To House
The Senate version requires five instead of seven paid sick days  for Maryland businesses with 15 or more employees.  It also extends a threshold for exempting part-time workers from eight to 12 hours.

April 5, 2017
HB1 Passes with a vote of 87-53.  The bill will now be sent to the Governor’s desk for signature.