Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) on May 25, 2017, that was passed by the Maryland General Assembly. The Act would have required employers with 15 or more employees to provide them with 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave annually beginning on January 1, 2018, while smaller employers, with 14 or less employees, would have been required to provide 40 hours of unpaid sick and safe leave annually.
Governor Hogan called the Act “an irresponsible piece of legislation that unfairly penalizes the hundreds of thousands of hard working men and women who own and operate small businesses in our state.” He also stated that the Act is “a complicated, broad, and inflexible proposal” and is pushing for “a common sense paid sick leave policy that is fair, bipartisan, and balanced.”
The Maryland House of Delegates and Senate passed the legislation with enough votes to override such a veto, so Maryland lawmakers will most likely not have the opportunity to override the veto until next year’s legislative session. House Speaker, Michael E. Busch, said that the veto override will be a priority at the next General Assembly in January.
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