Montgomery County Executive to Sign One of Strongest Paid Sick Laws in Country

Ike Leggett. File photo.

Ike Leggett. File photo.

Joined by Montgomery County Councilmembers, State Officials, Impacted Workers, and Supporters, hundreds will Join Celebration.

 

What: Signing of “Earned Sick and Safe Leave” Act

When: Thursday, July 2 | 12:30pm

Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1Veterans Pl.

 

Silver Spring, MD – This Thursday, County Executive Isiah “Ike”  Leggett will be joined by Montgomery County Councilmembers, State Officials, and hundreds from community organizations at a bill signing that will allow Montgomery County workers to earn up to seven days of sick leave each year to care for themselves and their loved ones.

When signed, the law will include some of the strongest protections in the country including:

o   Montgomery County workers that work at companies of five or more employees will earn up to seven full days of paid sick leave per year.

o   Montgomery County workers that work at companies of four or less employees will be guaranteed four paid and three sick leave days per year.

o   Part-time workers who regularly work at least eight hours per week will be able to earn paid sick time.

o   Employees will be able to utilize the earned leave as “safe time” to obtain medical attention, victims services, counseling, relocation or legal services as a result of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, and assist sick family members including elderly parents and children.

o   Laid off employees will keep their previously accumulated time if they are rehired within nine months.

Thursday’s bill signing, originally scheduled to be held outside Rockville at the hub of some of the County’s most vibrant economic activity, was shifted to Silver Spring in recognition of the popularity of the measure and the major impact it will have on retail workers.

 

Backed by Working Matters, a coalition of 140 organizations working to advance the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days, the measure is supported by a broad group of local organizations including 32BJ SEIU, Advocates for Children and Youth, CASA, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jews United for Justice, Job Opportunities Task Force, LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, Maryland Working Families, the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, MomsRising, the Montgomery County Education Association, National Nurses United, Progressive Maryland, Public Justice Center, SEIU Local 500, UFWC Local 1994 MCGEO, and UFCW Local 400. 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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