Maryland Bills Address Paid Sick Leave Abuse

A PSL “thumbs up” to both chambers of the Maryland legislature for acknowledging the existence of sick leave abuse. The initial drafts of HB 1 and SB 230 had a very tepid, almost indiscernible, provision on sick leave abuse. It stated that the law does not “prohibit an employer from adopting and enforcing a policy that limits an employee to using Earned Sick and Safe Leave only for the reasons” listed in the PSL law.  Somewhere in those words is some message about sick leave abuse, perhaps. colorful-1237240_1280

The most recent draft of the legislation added much-needed heft. It states that the law does not “prohibit an employer from adopting and enforcing a policy that prohibits the improper use of Earned Sick and Safe Leave, including prohibiting a pattern of abuse of Earned Sick and Safe Leave.”

Adding a provision on the fraudulent use of PSL was one of my musings to add balance to PSL laws, posted here.  It is unclear what the terms of the final bill will be, or whether a bill will be enacted in Maryland. But a big PSL “thumbs up” to the Maryland General Assembly for acknowledging an issue that has gotten too little attention in the PSL debate and too little ink in PSL laws.