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Hogan backs mandatory paid sick leave at large companies

Hogan backs mandatory paid sick leave at large companies

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he will lobby the General Assembly to mandate paid sick leave at large companies, offering a proposal that puts his stamp on an issue long championed by Democrats.

Hogan said companies with at least 50 employees would be required to offer full-time workers five sick days per year. He said he will introduce his legislation when the Democrat-controlled legislature reconvenes next month.

The plan would allow smaller businesses to get up to $20,000 a year in tax deductions for offering paid sick time. That proposal would cost the state roughly $63 million a year, Hogan aides said.

Advocates for paid sick time welcomed the...

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