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Maryland Gov. Announces Paid Sick Leave Proposal

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing legislation for paid sick leave benefits.
    
The Republican governor made the announcement Wednesday. 

“For the last few years, there has been a great deal of discussion and debate around the issue of paid sick leave in Maryland,” Hogan said. “While all of us agree that more workers need sick leave in Maryland, it would be irresponsible to put a law on the books that unfairly penalizes our state’s job creators. It is clear that, in order to move forward, we must strike a balance between the needs of Maryland’s employees while not hurting our small businesses and continuing to foster a more business-friendly climate in our state."
    
Under the governor's plan, businesses with 50 or more employees will be required to offer paid sick leave of at least 40 hours a year. That would include the ability for employees to roll over a maximum of 40 hours each year.
    
Maryland businesses with fewer than 50 employees that choose to offer paid sick leave will be eligible for tax relief incentives modeled after a recommendation from a bipartisan panel that studied ways to improve Maryland's business climate.
    
The plan will be proposed in the next legislation session, which begins next month.

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