Bill Would Make Maryland the 2nd State to Require Paid Sick Leave
The Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act, expected to be introduced next week in Annapolis, could mean more than 700,000 workers in the state, who currently have no earned paid sick days, may not have to choose between staying home if they or a child is sick, and a paycheck.
A coalition of 108 organizations are working to make earned paid sick leave a reality for Marylanders and plan to support the bill sponsored by Del. John Olszewski, D-Baltimore County, and state Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore.
If they are successful Maryland will become the second state in the nation to pass such a law. In 2011, the Connecticut legislature became the first to pass a statewide-paid sick days law.
Is this a right? Or should this count as vacation days?