GA Overrides Veto: Healthy Families Act Takes Effect

Posted 13 January 2018 CCDCC Working Matters Coalition

Some 700,000 workers in Maryland will be able to earn up to five days of paid sick days a year now that state lawmakers have overturned the governor's veto. The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act requires Maryland businesses with 15 or more employees to provide one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 5 workdays a year. The bill was passed by the General Assembly (GA) during the 2017 session. However, it was vetoed by the Governor after the session closed, postponing a GA veto override until the 2018 session.

The GA made fast work of that override, with a House vote (88-52) on Thursday January 11th, just one day after session convened, which was followed directly by a Senate vote (30-17) on Friday, January 12th. Both chambers met the necessary three-fifths requirement to override.

The leave mandated by the Act may be used by an employee for a variety of personal reasons, including the employee’s own illness, to obtain medical care for a family member, to care for an ill family member, for maternity or paternity leave, or to obtain services in connection with an incident of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The Act will take effect on February 12th, 2018. Learn more about the benefits of the Healthy Working Families Act here.