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County Council Passes Sick Leave Bill


Last Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill requiring all employers to provide employees with sick leave and time off.

The Bill, which was introduced in November 2014, is one of the strongest paid sick leave laws in the country because it will apply to all workers in the county. The Bill says, “An employer must provide each employee earned sick and safe leave for work performed in the County paid at the same rate and with the same benefits as the employee normally earns. A tipped employee must be paid at least the County minimum wage… for each hour the employee uses earned and safe leave.”

“The external costs of individuals making that choice between a day’s income or a day spent showing up to work sick are borne by all of society,” said At-Large Council Member and Council President George Leventhal at the Cou