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SALISBURY, Md.- When Andreas Yiannauris is on the clock at work, he bends over backwards for his employer, even if it hurts.

"My knees are hurting now, walking with a little limp," said The Greek Pita Place employee, Andreas Yiannauris. "But other than that, you just have to work."

Lunchtime is the busiest time of the day, and at this small family-owned eatery in Salisbury, all hands are on deck.

"Rain or shine you have to be here, that's how business run," said restaurant owner Costas Yiannauris.

That's how it works for businesses like The Greek Pita Place, which has only two employees: a father and son.

"Even if you are sick, you have to be here," said owner Yiannauris.

But not necessarily, not if the Maryland Paid Sick and Safe Leave Acts get the "OK."

Lawmakers are considering a new bill Wednesday that would allow all full-time workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work.

"Oscar works six days out of the week, 12 hours a day," said Milano's Pizzeria Manager Charlie O'Brian.

Oscar could rack up about 10 hours of sick leave for each month, if this bill gets passed.

O'Brian says if the government requires companies to pay every employee Paid Sick Leave, that's like slicing their budget in half.

"As an owner of a business, just surviving really, it's just not doable," O'Brian said.

O'Brian runs this pizzeria with 11 employees.

"It's going to fall on the small business owner," O'Brian said.

But some business owners don't mind.

"Let's say you have employees, you have to follow the law," said Yiannauris. "Regardless of how you put it. You may not like it but that's how it is."

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