Whoever withholds an employee’s wages, it is as though he has taken the person’s life from her.
– Babylonian Talmud, Bava Metzia 112a
Nobody should have to choose between their job and caring for their family. Nearly everyone needs time away from work at some point to care for a relative, deal with a serious personal illness, or welcome a baby, but many Marylanders can’t afford to take unpaid leave. Rabbi Hillel teaches us that we can’t separate ourselves from our community; we all have a responsibility for each other’s wellbeing and care. We must make sure that all people can take time to be with their families and attend to their own health.
- All Marylanders who work and who need time to care for relatives or themselves, especially new parents, people with chronic conditions, families of military personnel, low-income and part-time workers, small business employees, and self-employed people. Black and Latinx communities are disproportionately unable to take time off to care for themselves or family members.
- Senate Finance (FIN), Chair: Delores Kelley (Baltimore County)
- House Economic Matters (ECM), Chair: Dereck Davis (Prince George’s County)
- The Time to Care Act (HB0375/SB211) would establish a Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program through which employees may take up to 12 weeks of paid leave from work to care for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child; to provide care to themselves or family members with serious health or medical conditions; or to address needs resulting from a military family member’s deployment. The program’s funding comes from employees and employers each making a 0.75% mandatory contribution from each paycheck. Lost wages are not replaced dollar for dollar, but lower wage workers will receive a higher percentage of their income. The bills sponsors are Senator Antonio Hayes (Baltimore City) and Delegate Kris Valderrama (Prince George’s County).
Additional Legislative Positions:
In addition to JUFJ’s key legislative priorities this session, we have taken positions on other legislation related to Labor Justice:
- We SUPPORT the Essential Workers Bill of Rights (HB581/SB486)
- We SUPPORT the Maryland Community College Employees Freedom to Collectively Bargain Act of 2021 (HB894/SB746)
We are also taking a position on a number of Fair Funding bills, because budgets are a moral document and we must invest in programs that will address longstanding inequities and the current COVID-19 crisis.
- We SUPPORT restoring the millionaire estate tax (HB165)
- We SUPPORT combined reporting for corporations (HB172)
- We SUPPORT offsetting special treatment for capital gains (HB201)
- We SUPPORT taxing investment manager income equally through carried interest (HB215/SB288)
- We SUPPORT enacting the throwback rule (HB229)
- We SUPPORT eliminating the state level Opportunity Zone tax credits (HB262/SB113)
- We SUPPORT income tax reform (HB275)
- We SUPPORT closing the LLC loophole (HB357)
April 21 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join JUFJers from across Maryland to debrief the state session that ended on April 12. We will review the highs, the lows, and what comes next.