In response to a concerted lobbying effort by the broader business community in Maryland, yesterday the state senate voted to delay implementation of the new Maryland paid sick leave law until July. The Healthy Working Families Act, vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan but which was overridden in both branches over the past few weeks, is scheduled to become effective next Monday and requires all employers in the state with 15 or more employees to provide them with paid sick or safe leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. The legislation delaying its implementation date so as to give business more time to prepare for the statewide mandate was sent to the General Assembly, where it was not expected to be warmly received. Whether enough votes can be found in the Assembly remains to be seen, but the effort will be in earnest today. Stay tuned!