Paid sick leave mandate stopped in Md. — for now

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland businesses dodged a bullet — at least for a while — as Gov. Larry Hogan kept his promise to veto legislation requiring businesses with 15 or more full-time employees to provide paid sick leave.

Business interests opposed the bill, and Hogan offered his own compromise legislation that would have required businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide paid sick leave and offered tax incentives for smaller businesses that provide leave.

Hogan vetoed the bill on May 25, calling the proposal a “deeply flawed, job-killing” bill and asking legislators to negotiate a compromise bill next year.

“We still have time to work together to get this right,” Hogan said. He issued executive orders to appoint a task force to study the issue for a report due in December, provide leave to all contractual employees in the executive branch of the state government and authorize state procurement authorities to give preference to contractors who offer paid sick leave.

Even so, the bill had broad Democratic support in the Legislature and the veto could be overturned when the General Assembly returns in January.

The bill would have become effective Jan. 1, 2018.

— Tamela Baker