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Paid Sick, Now Law in Maryland

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Paid Sick Leave is now the law of the land in Maryland.

The Maryland Senate had voted to give employers until July 1st to meet the demands of the new law but a House panel effectively killed the delay.

It requires that businesses with 15 or more employees must provide 5 days of paid six leave a year after the first 106 days of employment.

Bill Chambers, president and CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed it would hurt small businesses.

Meanwhile, state Senator Jim Mathias said that in voting for the original bill and the override of Governor’s veto he was able gain some concessions.

The Maryland Democrat told the paper that he had gotten the eligibility requirement lengthened from 90 days to 106 days.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.