Protesters gather in Annapolis in support of paid family, medical leave laws – CBS Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – Luminous sticks and flashlights light up Lawyers Shopping Center on Monday night to draw attention pending law that would create a paid medical and family leave program.

The Time to Care Act would allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave. This will include leave due to a loved one’s health problems, a new child and military deployment. The leave will be funded through a state-administered insurance group, to which employers and employees contribute an amount from each paycheck.

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According to analysis In the bill, the weekly benefit will be based on the worker’s average weekly wage, ranging from $50 to a $1,000 limit.

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The bill is different from the current sick days and Family Medical Leave Act. The act is aimed at taking longer periods of time off work and providing partial wage replacement.

If the law passes, Maryland will join nine other states and the District of Columbia, which have established paid medical and family leave laws.

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The rally was attended by elected officials, community leaders, frontline workers and business owners. Protesters gather in Annapolis in support of paid family, medical leave laws – CBS Baltimore

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