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More than 700,000 workers in Maryland do not have the right to earned paid sick leave.

Parents without paid sick days are more than twice as likely than parents with paid sick days to send a sick child to school or day care.   They are five times more likely to report taking their child or  family members to the emergency room because they were unable to take time off from  work. Forty-two percent of women have had the experience of being unable to take time off of work to care for a child.

It will take a rule of law to eliminate the impossible choice many parents have to make between taking care of a sick child or going to work to not sacrifice a day’s pay.


January 5, 2015
Preparing communications for next round of messaging on earned paid sick leave. The basis of the messaging comes from several Working Matters campaign resources which include an updated fact sheet and frequently asked questions. One major change is referring to the proposed  law as the Healthy Working Families Act.

January 14, 2015
The White House’s Perspective: Earned Paid Sick Leave

This year, we believe we are closer than ever to making earned sick leave a reality.  Today, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, made a strong argument about why earned sick leave is a right and not a privilege.  “Why We Think Paid Leave Is a Worker’s Right, Not a Privilege.”

January 15, 2015
The President Visits Baltimore, Promotes Earned Sick Leave

The Working Matters Coalition  got a boost from the efforts of President Obama to make earned sick leave a national standard.  The President visited Baltimore, Maryland  to support Maryland’s efforts to establish earned paid sick leave.  He also had lunch at Charmington’s, a small business which offered its minimum wage workers earned paid sick leave.

January 20, 2015
State of the Union (SOTU) Includes Earned Sick Leave

In the President’s State of the Union Speech, he explained how Congress can help working families.

Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave. Forty-three million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. So I’ll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own. And since paid sick leave won where it was on the ballot last November, let’s put it to a vote right here in Washington. Send me a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. It’s the right thing to do.  ~President Obama

January 27, 2015
Prepared Written Testimony for Bill Hearing in Support of SB40
Read testimony here. For more information on the progress of the bill, click here.

February 2, 2015
Featured story on WYPR FM’s show Maryland Morning, Should Employers Be Required To Give Paid Sick Leave?

February 3, 2015