Maryland, You Might Finally Get Sick Leave

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In Germany, employees are entitled to up to six weeks of paid sick leave. In the U.S., not so much.

Only a handful of states (and a slightly larger handful of cities) mandate that employers provide paid time off when employees are sick. Maryland is one step closer to becoming one of them, now that the state House passed a sick leave bill this week, after three years of failing to do so.

The proposed Maryland law would apply to businesses with at least 15 employees; they’d have to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for a total of about seven paid sick days per year for a full-time employee.

But in order to actually become a law, the bill has to pass through the Senate this week, before the General Assembly session ends for the year.

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