The Maryland Catholic Conference joined with others in support of the Time to Care Act (HB 839/SB 539) in the House of Delegates on Feb. 24, a bill that would expand access to paid family leave to Maryland workers, allowing up to 12 weeks of paid time off from work to welcome a new baby, to provide care and comfort for family members with serious health conditions or disabilities, or to deal with a personal illness or injury.
"No person should have to make the impossible choice of whether to care for their families or lose their job, yet for many Marylanders, this is their reality," said Anne Wallerstedt, associate director of Social and Economic Justice for the Conference. "This bill would provide those workers with a means to still have some income in the event they should grow their family, or face illness."
As proposed, the Time to Care Act would be funded through the creation of an insurance program, to which both employers and employees would contribute. For workers, the contribution would amount to less than 1% of a paycheck. When a worker needs to access the fund, it would pay between $50 and $1,000 per week, depending on their income.
The Senate will hear its version of the bill on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.
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