Governor Larry Hogan kept his promise and vetoed HB-1 (Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act) today. Here is a synopsis of the bill:
Requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns; requiring employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide unpaid earned sick and safe leave; prohibiting an employer from being required to pay a tipped employee more than a minimum wage for earned sick and safe leave; requiring the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to develop a specified model paid sick and safe leave policy for use by specified employers; etc.
Here is the statement on the Change Maryland Facebook page:
Before the beginning of the legislative session, Governor Larry Hogan proposed a fair, balanced and bipartisan measure to expand paid sick leave in Maryland while making sure it wouldn’t hurt our economy, crush small businesses and jeopardize jobs.
Governor Hogan’s goal was to provide sick leave to more Marylanders without dictating, interfering with or imposing costly regulation on our small businesses and job creators.
Instead of compromise and bipartisanship, the General Assembly passed a terrible and poorly written bill which would be disastrous to our economy and would make Maryland a less competitive state in the region, jeopardizing thousands of Maryland jobs.
Governor Hogan vetoed this legislation. We simply cannot afford to turn back to the failed job-killing policies of the past.
Governor Hogan fully supports paid sick leave and will submit emergency legislation for common sense sick leave which will take effect immediately upon passage.
We owe it to the citizens of Maryland to WORK TOGETHER and get this right by January.
The Maryland Democratic Party posted this on Facebook today:
Instead of heeding the calls of working Marylanders, Gov. Larry Hogan dismissed them.
Voters will remember next year that Gov. Hogan put his own agenda ahead of the health of working Marylanders and their families.
I did not see anything from NFIB (The National Federation of Independent Business) today on Twitter, but had seen them posting this in the past:
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce posted this on Twitter:
And finally the statement from the AARP (Maryland) on Twitter:
Next up will be the veto override vote…but expect to hear MUCH about this during the upcoming election cycle…from both sides. It would be nice if some type of middle ground can be found that helps employees but does also hurt small businesses in Maryland…but given the political landscape and an upcoming election for Governor, I am sure both sides will use this issue as a talking point going forward.
So do you support or oppose this legislation?