Maryland lawmakers have handed a measure to create a paid household depart program, sending the laws to Gov. Larry Hogan.
The invoice, accredited Thursday by supermajority votes by Democrats who management the legislature, would allow employees to take as much as 12 weeks of partially paid depart for specified private household circumstances reminiscent of caring for a sick relative or having a child. It would supply as much as 24 weeks for a dad or mum, if she or he has a critical well being problem within the 12 months of a kid’s start.
“This has been a long time coming,” mentioned Sen. Antonio Hayes, a Baltimore Democrat. He thanked supporters who’ve “come together and really advocated on behalf of Maryland families.”
Republicans criticized the measure for failing to spell out how a lot workers and employers must contribute, leaving that for the state’s labor division to outline later. They mentioned Democrats have been dashing to get the invoice to the Republican governor simply to satisfy a deadline so lawmakers will nonetheless be in session if the invoice is vetoed.
“We’re pushing this bill as quick as we can to get it upstairs,” mentioned Sen. J.B. Jennings, a Republican, who added: “We don’t know the numbers … this bill is a hot mess.”
Because lawmakers are within the final session of the four-year time period, they’d not have an opportunity to override the veto subsequent 12 months in the event that they adjourn earlier than the governor acts on laws.
The measure would create an insurance coverage pool. Employees and employers would contribute to fund this system. Under the invoice, the state’s labor division would set contribution charges to pay for this system. Employers with fewer than 15 workers wouldn’t be required to contribute.
The measure additionally contains job protections to guard workers from retaliation or termination for utilizing the depart.