Maryland State

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.

The People: 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.

The Legislation: The Time to Care Act would provide replacement income to people who need to take up to 12 weeks off from work to take care of themselves or their families. The public insurance fund would collect small contributions from both employees and employers.

Key Partners: Time to Care Coalition, AARP, Maryland Family Network, Job Opportunities Task Force

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  • Lobby Night

    February 17, 2020 | 5:00 pm8:00 pm

    Join JUFJ and learn the basics of how the Maryland General Assembly functions in Annapolis, and the work JUFJ will be doing during the 2020 state session.

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