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UPDATE: Gov. Hogan to propose own mandatory paid leave legislation

On Nov. 28, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he will submit emergency legislation for mandatory paid leave, for consideration on Day One of the 2018 General Assembly session. Here are a few of the elements:

  • requires businesses with 25 or more employees to offer paid leave by 2020, with phase-ins
  •       50 or more employees: 2018
  •       40 - 49 employees: 2019
  •       25 - 39 employees: 2020
  • waiver for "significant financial hardship" (2017 HB 1 Zirkin amendment)
  • no questions asked for leave
  • accrual rate: one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for every employee 

See more of the distinctions between the two bills

Gov. Hogan will, in a separate bill, introduce $100 million for small business tax credits for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, to be used for tuition assistance, health care contributions, paid leave, and other benefits.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is evaluating the bill and consulting with legislative and issues committee members to determine its potential impacts and our next steps.

Read the full bill

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation conducted a months-long study into paid leave. Its recommendations include:

  • 120-day employment before using leave time
  • exemption for the construction industry
  • adopt minimum wage noncompliance statutes for paid leave noncompliance damages

Read the full DLLR report

Help sustain Gov. Hogan's veto of mandatory paid leave

In May, Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed HB 1, the legislature's premier initiative of the 2017 General Assembly session. This costly and damaging bill requires paid leave even for part-time seasonal employees, and subjects business owners to harsh punitive penalties for even minor bookkeeping infractions. Ultimately, this bill risks the reduction of available hours and jobs to Maryland's lowest-paid workers, and makes it harder for unemployed low-skilled workers to find jobs.

Together, we worked hard against any mandate requiring employers to provide leave, because mandates don't account for afforadability, and business owners are best equipped to decide what benefits to offer. We thank Gov. Hogan for hearing the concerns of the business community and vetoing HB 1. But our work is not done. Overturning the veto will be one of the first actions attempted in the 2018 General Assembly legislative session.

On the right side of the screen, you can see a link to our comprehensive HB 1 - Sustain the Veto advocacy action kit, including:

  • existing studies
  • template letter to legislator(s)
  • template letters to the editor
  • talking points
  • suggested social media posts
  • ...and more

This member-exclusive kit demonstrates how you can effectively and efficiently advocate to sustain the veto of HB 1. Please use it often and contact the legislators recommended within it to sustain the veto.

You can also refer to our extensive coverage of the bill and its process, listed below, as well as our testimony against it.

2017 General Assembly Legislative Report (member exclusive)

The Leading Voice: Working together (June 6)

The Leading Voice: Let's hold Gov. Hogan to his word (May 23)

The Leading Voice: How businesses thrive (May 9)

Stroke of midnight: What mattered to businesses in the 2017 General Assembly session? (Apr. 11)

NEWS BULLETIN: Mandatory paid leave (Apr. 4)

The Leading Voice: End in sight (Apr. 4)

The Leading Voice: Crossing over (Mar. 21)

Maryland Chamber applauds Gov. Hogan's promise to veto HB 1/SB 230 (Mar. 15)

The Leading Voice: #MDCCWomen (Mar. 14)

The Leading Voice: Pressing issues (Mar. 7)

The Leading Voice: Leadership and legislative wins (Feb. 28)

The Leading Voice: #MDCCBlackInBusiness (Feb. 14)

The Leading Voice: Important hearings and the state of the Senate (Feb. 7)

The Leading Voice: The future of innovation (Jan. 31)

Maryland Chamber, business coalition unite to oppose mandatory paid leave (Jan. 23)

The Leading Voice: Moving Maryland forward (Jan. 3)

We look forward to our collective effort to make sure that business policy makes sense in Maryland. Please contact us if you would like us to share your concerns with legislators.

The mission of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is to support its members and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through its effective advocacy, high-level networking and timely communications. 

The Maryland Chamber supports these initiatives: 

  • robust free enterprise system with limited intrusion by government
  • balanced and predictable laws and regulations that promote economic development and do not impose unreasonable costs on businesses or their customers 
  • preservation of the employer's right to manage its workforce and consistency in labor and employment language between the federal, state and local statutes

Any questions regarding issues or legislation, please email us at

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