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Advocates continue fight for earned sick leave

Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 07:09:23-05

Advocates continued to show support for a bill that would require Maryland businesses offer paid sick days to employees.

Dozens of people turned out Thursday.

The 2016 Maryland Healthy Working Families Act would require employers with 10 or more workers to provide earned paid sick leave. The bill would allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed seven days or 56 hours per year.

Supporters say coming to work sick impacts everyone in the office.

"This past year I had bronchitis and I had to go into the office sick. As a result, I don't know if it was because of me or I got it from someone else but, it kind of went through the entire office," Megan Sennett said.

Some businesses are against the bill because they say it would be a financial burden.

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