Maryland lawmakers override governor’s sick and safe leave veto

On January 12, the Maryland Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s May 25, 2017, veto of a bill that requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide earned sick and safe leave paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns. Under H.B. 1, employers with 14 or fewer employees will be required to provide unpaid earned sick and safe leave. Among other things, the leave will accrue at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, with an accrual cap of 40 hours per year and a use cap of 64 hours in a year.
The Republican governor called the bill “a deeply flawed, job-killing paid leave bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly.” Announcing his veto, Hogan said he “reaffirmed his commitment to providing common sense paid sick leave for Maryland workers.” He appealed to legislative leaders to work with his administration on a compromise by January 1, when H.B. 1 was set to take effect.
Lawmakers were not persuaded to Hogan’ point of view. On January 11, by a ballot of 88-52, the House of Delegates voted to override the governor’s veto. The following day, the Senate also voted 30-17 to override the veto.

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