When a New York man was diagnosed with cancer, his biological family couldn't care for him. They were in Malaysia, a world away. However, he did have people to help--his "chosen family." And, because of a recent change to New York law, many of those "chosen family" members were able to take paid sick days in order to provide his care.
Starting October 1, 2016, new paid sick leave requirements are going into effect in Montgomery County. All Montgomery County employers doing business in the county are covered by the law. Employers need to ensure they are in compliance with the new law by providing certain employees with earned sick and safe leave.
Some Maryland residents may know that our state's lawmakers have recently debated both whether the state's minimum wage should be raised and whether the state should require all employers to offer paid sick time off to all workers. While both bills are controversial, a new poll shows that the majority of Maryland voters do support the paid sick time initiative.