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The Maryland General Assembly Passes the Healthy Working Families Act, Sending the Bill to Governor Hogan’s Desk

Maryland is now primed to become the eighth state, not including the District of Columbia, to extend the basic protection of earned paid sick days to Maryland families.

April 5, 2017: Today the Public Justice Center, as a lead founding partner of the Working Matters Coalition, achieved yet another victory for Maryland workers in the passage of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB 1).
The PJC provided legal expertise in the drafting of the Act, testified in support of the bill, and most importantly, fought against harmful amendments, striving to keep a substantive Act that would ensure coverage to as many Maryland workers as possible.

With today’s 87-53 vote in the Maryland House of Delegates, the bill has passed out of the Maryland General Assembly with a veto-proof majority. The bill to guarantee earned paid sick days now heads to the Governor’s desk.

We are thrilled to see this commonsense bill passed by the Maryland Legislature. We thank our bill sponsors, Delegate Luke Clippinger and Senator Mac Middleton, whose leadership made this victory possible, as well as the 87 Delegates and 29 Senators who took a stand for Maryland’s working families.

All eyes are now on Governor Hogan, who has the opportunity to sign or veto the bill, or let the bill be enacted without his signature. HB 1 would allow Marylanders to earn one hour of sick leave for every thirty hours they work. Over the five years it’s been introduced, the Healthy Working Families Act has been the product of compromise, deliberation and input from all stakeholders, including businesses and employees alike.

The Public Justice Center and the Working Matters Coalition now call on Governor Hogan to sign the Healthy Working Families Act as soon as possible. Maryland families can’t wait.

The Working Matters coalition is a group of 160 faith, labor, health, small business and community organizations that have fought for five years to bring earned paid sick days to the State of Maryland. Currently over 750,000 Marylanders do not have access to a single paid sick day, forcing them to make impossible choices between their work and the health of their family.
To learn more visit www.earnedsickdaysmd.org.

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