Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing legislation for paid sick leave benefits.
The Republican governor made the announcement Wednesday. He says his proposal will balance the needs of Maryland's employees while not hurting the state's small businesses.
Under the governor's plan, businesses with 50 or more employees will be required to offer paid sick leave of at least 40 hours a year. That would include the ability for employees to roll over a maximum of 40 hours each year.
Maryland businesses with fewer than 50 employees that choose to offer paid sick leave will be eligible for tax relief incentives modeled after a recommendation from a bipartisan panel that studied ways to improve Maryland's business climate.
The plan will be proposed in the next legislation session, which begins next month.