If Gov. Hogan Wants to Help Small Businesses, He Should Sign Paid Sick Days Bill (May 1, 2017)
By Erik Rettig, Small Business Majority
The Maryland General Assembly made history this year when it passed the Healthy Working Families Act (HB 1), which would benefit the state’s small businesses and their employees by allowing workers at firms with 15 or more employees to earn paid sick days, while employees at firms with fewer than 15 employees would be able to accrue unpaid sick leave. Unfortunately, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) claimed that the bill would be “dead on arrival” if it reached his desk, even though the legislation would level the playing field for small firms that want to provide these type of benefits. Although Hogan has since moderated his stance, it seems that he still intends to veto HB 1. If he truly cares about helping small businesses, however, he should reconsider.
Paid sick days laws are supported by many small businesses. In fact, Small Business Majority’s scientific opinion polling found half of small business owners nationwide support measures like HB 1.