Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to veto the Healthy Working Families Act is causing uproar among members of the Working Matters Coalition.
Delegate Luke Clippinger (D – Baltimore City) joined dozens of people in Kensington Tuesday to discuss what’s next with HB1.
Clippinger says if it’s passed, it would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide people with earned sick and safe leave at the same rate as the employee’s typical wage.
Smaller businesses would also have to provide unpaid earned sick and safe leave.
After five years of refining the bill, Clippinger says he’s at a loss for words as to why Hogan would veto it.
“The biggest group of people who stand to lose the most with this are people who are actually working multiple part time jobs, in industries where they’re having contact with a lot of people,” said Clippinger. “Those are the groups who have really stood up and have been strong supporters of the bill.”
Maryland’s National Federation of Independent Business and Chamber of Commerce supported Hogan’s veto, arguing the bill would increase operating costs for small businesses drastically.
Officials also say businesses with 15 or more employees would have to provide paid off-time for people who work as few as 12 hours a week.