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Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Lawmakers put paid sick leave on agenda
Lawmakers put paid sick leave on agenda

State lawmakers are gearing up for a fight over paid sick leave, as a nationwide campaign highlighted by President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Baltimore gains a hearing in Annapolis. Advocates began calling on the state two years ago to require businesses to offer paid sick leave for workers, following the example of Connecticut, Massachusetts and California, as well as a number of cities, including New York and San Francisco. The policies are opposed by many business groups, who say they are too costly and overreaching, especially for small firms. Previous efforts in Maryland stalled as other labor issues — such as increasing the minimum wage — took precedence,...