Opposing sides in the debate over whether Maryland should require employers to provide paid sick leave met Tuesday in a clash that pitted calls for fairness against a defense of the rights of employers.
The two camps, including business owners on both sides of the issue, spoke at a Senate committee hearing on a sick leave bill sponsored by Sen. Catherine E. Pugh.
Pugh, a Baltimore Democrat, said that while many employers already provide paid sick leave to their workers, about 700,000 Marylanders lack the ability to earn time off when they're sick or their family members are ill.
"This is legislation that's really about fairness," said Pugh. Acknowledging a...