Paid Sick Leave Would Save MD Businesses $13 Million (Update)

Feb 3, 2015

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a bill that would allow employees in Maryland to earn paid sick leave say the benefits of healthy employees outweigh the cost to employers.
 
A cost-benefit analysis conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research found that providing employees with an opportunity to earn paid sick leave would save Maryland businesses $13 million annually.
 
The figure was provided Tuesday during a press conference in Annapolis, ahead of a hearing on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.
 
The bill would allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave.
 
Supporters say the legislation frees workers from having to choose between their health and a smaller paycheck.