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DO OTHER STATES AND JURISDICTIONS HAVE PAID LEAVE MANDATES?
Yes. Several states and cities have required paid leave. Connecticut enacted the first state-wide paid leave law in 2012. Nearly 20% of businesses had to scale back on employee benefits and / or reduce paid leave benefits to account for the costs of the new law (Employment Policies study). In San Francisco, 18.7% of leisure and hospitality workers faced layoffs or hour reduction as a direct result of the ordinance (Institute for Women’s Policy study).
DOES THE BILL APPLY TO PART-TIME EMPLOYEES? 
Yes. Under the bill, even an employee who works just a few hours a week will accrue paid leave at the same rate as a full-time employee.

ARE THERE ANY EXEMPTIONS?

No employers will be exempt. Employers with 14 or fewer employees (part-time or full-time) must at least provide unpaid leave. Those with 15 or more employees must provide paid leave. This means ALL employers are subject to the record-keeping and sanctions in the bill, including action by the Attorney General. To compare, at the federal level, employers with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from several mandates.   

WHAT ABOUT BUSINESSES THAT ALREADY OFFER SOME TYPE OF LEAVE?

HB 1 mandates strict guidelines for the reasons an employee may use leave. It also dictates when the leave must begin to accrue, when it may be taken, how much must roll over from year to year, and more. These guidelines take away the type of flexibility that employers need when arranging work schedules. It will force employers to change the leave benefits on which their employees have come to depend so they are in compliance with the law.

KEEP MARYLAND BUSINESS FLEXIBLE AND NIMBLE. HELP US SUSTAIN THE VETO OF HB1.
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