House Lawmakers Advance Narrower Essential Worker Protection Legislation

House Lawmakers Advance Narrower Essential Worker Protection Legislation

By: Elizabeth Shwe | Maryland Matters | April 6, 2021 An emergency bill to protect essential workers during public health emergencies is moving through the Maryland General Assembly. However, with less than a week remaining in the legislative session, it faces a tough timeline for final passage. The amended measure curtails who counts as an essential worker, does not guarantee paid sick leave and no longer includes hazard pay. The House Economic Matters committee — chaired by the bill sponsor, Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s) — removed the initial $3 an hour in hazard pay from the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act and made paid…
Read More