SENATE’S TURN TO HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS ON MANDATORY PAID LEAVE

Date: March 03, 2016

SENATE’S TURN TO HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS ON MANDATORY PAID LEAVE

ANNAPOLIS
(March 3, 2016): Mandatory paid leave is on the move today where Maryland’s
Senate will hear testimony from the state’s largest small business advocacy
group, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

“Today in front
of the Senate, NFIB produced a study by our research foundation showing a
staggering loss in revenue for the state as well as a reduction in available
jobs if paid leave becomes mandatory. Additionally, polling data shows that
once informed of its consequences, an overwhelming number of voters are opposed
to mandatory paid leave,” according to National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB) Maryland state director, Mike O’Halloran. “Our members are
experiencing an increased amount of anxiety over this issue because everywhere
they turn, politicians seem to be trying to interject costly, harmful mandates.
They are disillusioned over mandatory paid leave, to say the least.”

Earlier this
week, House members heard from business owners including NFIB member Brenda F.
McDonnell, owner and operator of both Ace’s Run Restaurant and Brenda’s
Pizzeria. She told law makers that while the intention of requiring employers
to provide paid sick leave may be praiseworthy, legislating moral behavior is
impossible.

“Small business
owners like Brenda do everything they can to show their employers how valuable
they are. Employee turnover can be incredibly disruptive to businesses of any
size and that is why most employers already offer benefits and incentives that
include paid time off, they don’t need legislation to require them to treat
their employees well,” continued O’Halloran. “Senate members must heed the
warnings of the small business community and block any efforts to mandate the
management of the day to day operations of Mom and Pop storefronts across the
state.”

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