President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Lawmakers say efforts to raise Maryland’s minimum wage are crowding out the bill that would require employers to offer paid sick leave.
Del. John A. Olszewski Jr. says many of the workers who need sick leave the most, such as low-wage employees who can’t afford to miss a day’s pay, are the ones who can’t earn it in their jobs.
Delegates are considering a mandate for businesses to give their employees paid sick days — about eight or nine annually for full-time workers.
Your employer may not hassle you about taking sick leave when you wake up with a sniffle, but an audit reveals many D.C. employers haven’t gotten the message that offering sick time is the law, and has been for five years.