Paid sick days ben­e­fit busi­nesses and fam­i­lies

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Clifton Broumand, Lan­dover

Ear­lier this month, Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) pro­posed leg­is­la­tion that would make Mar yland one of only few states to re­quire paid sick days for a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the state’s em­ploy­ees. This is a step in the right di­rec­tion for Mar yland em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees.

As a Mary­land small busi­ness owner that of­fers a more gen­er­ous paid sick days pol­icy, I know that pro­vid­ing this ben­e­fit has been good for my busi­ness and my as­so­ciates. At Man & Ma­chine Inc., we be­lieve paid sick days are an in­vest­ment in the health of our em­ploy­ees. When sick em­ploy- ees come in to work, it in­creases the risk of their co­work­ers be­com­ing sick, and may re­sult in costly mis­takes. By elim­i­nat­ing the dis­trac­tion of ill­ness, I know that my as­so­ciates can be com­pletely fo­cused on their work and in­crease our ef­fi­ciency. They also have the op­tion to use these days to care for a fam­ily mem­ber, be­cause I be­lieve my em­ploy­ees should not be forced to choose be­tween tak­ing care of a sick child and mak­ing ends meet.

Fam­i­lies mat­ter to us. And an owner’s loy­alty to them is more than re­warded in their loy­alty to us. I hope Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s tax-cut in­cen­tive will en­cour­age the im­ple­men­ta­tion of paid sick days pro­grams. While I sup­port the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion, I be­lieve Mary­land busi­nesses can and should do more to take care of their em­ploy­ees.

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