Monday, January 26

The Montgomery County Council has scheduled a public hearing on Bill 60-14, which would require ALL employers in the County to provide paid "sick and safe leave" to ALL employees, including part-time and tipped workers. The bill, sponsored by Councilmembers Leventhal, Navarro, Elrich, and Reimer, would require employers to provide earned sick and safe leave at a rate of at least 1 hour for every 30 hours an employee works in the County up to 56 hours in a calendar year.

Based on survey input from GSSCC members, the Chamber will testify in opposition to this bill.  Concerns have been raised that it will increase costs forcing employers to reduce staff, especially part-time staff; does not accommodate for employers who have adopted a "Paid Time Off" (PTO) policy combining all leave; allows too broad a definition of "family member"; requires complicated and expensive tracking and reporting requirements that will be a burden for small businesses; among other challenges.  

The public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, in the 3rd floor Council Chambers at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.  Employers wishing to testify on this bill should call 240-777-7803 before 10 a.m. the day of the hearing.  Employers are also encouraged to make their concerns heard by contacting their Councilmembers.  Click here to find contact information for members of the Council.

Note:  The Maryland General Assembly will consider similar legislation this session.  SB40, the "Healthy Working Families Act" has returned and will be heard in Annapolis on February 3.  GSSCC is working with other statewide business organizations on opposing this bill.