Maryland Families Want More Paid Leave
Paid family leave is something that many people believe is in place — until they need it. According to reports, Maryland, and the rest of the United States, are far behind other developed countries when it comes to allowing for employees to take time off work to take care of themselves or their families when necessary.
There are only three states in the country that have paid family leave laws in place. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey all provide salaries for their employees who need time off due to childbirth or certain other family obligations. New York, Washington and the District of Columbia have legislation that will be put in effect in coming years.
Maryland is lagging. The state passed a bill in April that gives employees a guaranteed five days of paid sick leave. Even though it was passed by the General Assembly, it was vetoed by the Governor. Because there is no paid family leave in the state, people are forced to save up vacation time and use that should they become pregnant and give birth or even adopt a child. Advocates of family leave laws say that this is not acceptable.
Proponents, namely small business owners, say that the cost of replacing workers is prohibitive and the potential fines for not following the law could be devastating.
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