Advocates, workers, legislators, public health officials and business owners launched a campaign for a paid sick days standard for the state of Maryland last week.
Working Matters Maryland — a coalition of the Job Opportunities Task Force, Public Justice Center, United Workers and others — is leading the campaign, which aims to get a bill introduced in the General Assembly next year.
More than 800,000 people in Maryland — 40 percent of the state’s workforce — can’t earn a single paid day off to use when they are sick. That means that they are often forced to choose between staying home to recover and going to work so they can provide for their families. Establishing a paid sick days standard would help to ensure that Maryland workers don’t have to make that impossible choice, and would make Maryland’s workplaces will be healthier and more productive.
Stayed tuned for more on this exciting new campaign!