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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, and 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; 42% of women have had the experience of being unable to take time off of work to care for a child.


February 2, 2016
2016 Earned Sick Days Legislation Introduced
HB580-Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Today more than 150 coalition members were on hand for the introduction of the 2016 Healthy Working Families Act with solid majorities in both the House and Senate.

Specifically, the Healthy Working Families Act will:

  • Allow Maryland workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to seven full days (56 hours) of paid sick leave per year.
  • Allow part-time workers to accrue fewer days per year, depending on the number of hours worked.
  • Permit employers with existing paid leave standards to maintain those policies as long as they comply with the minimum requirements of the Act.

For the Working Matters Coalition press release, click here.

For an excerpt of the press conference, click the link below.

Baltimore security officer on need for earned sick leave Baltimore security officer Paul Brown: “I couldn’t afford to take a day off, even if I was feeling ill.”

Posted by Working Matters on Friday, February 5, 2016


The hearing will be held on March 1, 2016.

March 1, 2016
Today Working Matters members — including impacted workers, supportive business owners, public health experts, faith leaders and advocates  — testified in support of the Healthy Working Families Act. To read Advocates for Children and Youth’s testimony, click here.

News reporters were also there before the hearing to listen to the voice of advocates.  Among them was Becky Wagner, our executive director.
Becky being interviewed

The Baltimore Sun reporter, Pamela Wood, wrote the following story: Maryland lawmakers again consider paid sick leave legislation.

March 2, 2016
ABC-2 news coverage, Paid Sick Leave Advocates confident in this year’s proposed legislation

WBAL-TV news coverage, Rally held in support of paid sick leave in Maryland

March 13, 2016
News report from MPT’s “State Circle” program on ‪#‎paidsickdays‬ legislation — featuring an impacted worker, MomsRising.org members and kids, Advocates for Children and Youth Executive Director Rebecca Wagner, Working Matters’ Melissa Broome and bill lead sponsor Del. Luke Clippinger.

 March  30, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to the leadership of Delegates Luke Clippinger and Dereck Davis, Maryland’s earned sick days bill was JUST voted out of the House Economic Matters Committee and now heads to House floor tomorrow

March 31, 2016
Baltimore  Sun, 
Paid Sick Leave bill Gets Approval in the House

April 5, 2016
Paid Sick Leave bill passes in House of Delegates, 84-54. Aparil

April 8, 2016
the Washington Post reports, The Maryland Senate President Got call from Air Force One

April 11, 2016
Maryland Senate Finance Chair JUST announced that ‪#‎MDpaidsickdays‬ bill is coming out of committee today.

UPDATE: The earned sick day bill is no longer in play.  Sen. Dolores Kelly withdrew her sponsorship of the bill after meeting with small business owners from her district.