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MD lawmaker pushing for delay on paid sick leave

Posted at 7:35 AM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 07:35:43-05

One of the main sponsors behind the push to get Maryland workers paid sick leave is now calling for a short delay.

Senator Thomas Middleton introduced an emergency bill Tuesday to keep the state from enforcing the law until the middle of April.

Last year lawmakers passed the Maryland Working Families Act. It requires businesses with 15 or more full time employees to give them paid sick leave. Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the bill, but earlier this month legislators overrode the veto. That means the law is set to go into effect February 11.

Middleton's bill would give businesses an extra 60 days to comply with the new law.

The measure is scheduled to go for a hearing before the Maryland Senate Finance committee Wednesday afternoon.