Paid Leave Passes Maryland Legislature

The result was a bit different on the subject of paid sick leave in Annapolis this week. The Maryland Senate passed a slightly different version of paid sick leave than the House had already passed, but the House of Delegates quickly amended theirs so as to get a bill to the Governor before their session…

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Paid Leave To “Stick It” To Taxpayers

Let’s hope it doesn’t become a trend, but paid leave advocates in Sweden elevated the paid leave issue to a whole new level last month with a proposal by Councilor Per-Erik Muskos from the northern town of Overtornea. Councilor Muskos filed a proposal, apparently with a straight face, to grant municipal employees an hour of…

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DOL Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

They just keep piling on, don’t they?  The Department of Labor yesterday issued regulations implementing President Obama’s 2015 executive order requiring that contractors with the federal government provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to employees of companies with federal contracts.  Obama initially mandated the new benefits by executive order over…

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Tale of Two Platforms

For those of us who watched the Republican Convention this week and plan to watch the Democratic National confab beginning Monday, there are a couple of contrasting platform positions you might want to be aware of.  Last week, business media in Ohio reported that advocates were pushing both national parties to adopt a Change.org petition…

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New York Assembly Moves Paid Leave

The New York State Assembly didn’t take long to pass a 12-week paid family leave bill, just a few weeks after Governor Andrew Cuomo called for employers to give workers the benefit in his State of the State and budget address.  The bill, A3870, provides that covered employees would be paid two-thirds of their average…

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Small Business Flexible With Paid Leave

Although the broader business community is often portrayed as totally opposed to paid leave, a recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) seems to indicate that small businesses are more open to and flexible about how they provide paid leave for their employees rather than opposed to the notion.  The bigger issue…

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