One issue that we can all expect to see being seriously deliberated in state houses throughout the nation is mandating the adoption and/or expansion of paid sick leave benefits by states and cities. To that point, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to legislation that will mandate up to 12 weeks’ paid family and medical leave. By a vote of 183 – 151, the House sent to the House Commerce Committee a bill that would provide for a voluntary contribution from employees equal to one-half a percent of their wages making them eligible for 60 percent of their pay during time take n off for the birth adoption or fostering of a child or a serious illness of the employee, a spouse or other relative. Similarly, the Maryland legislature is again considering mandating paid sick leave. A bill was passed last year which Governor Larry Hogan, who supported his own version of paid leave, vetoed. Yesterday, the Maryland House overrode that veto and sent the question of the override to the state senate. Likewise, Delaware Governor John Carney introduced legislation on Tuesday of this week, the first day of the new legislative session, that will mandate 12 weeks paid maternity and paternity leave in The First State. More to come . . .