Sick Leave Becomes Law in Override of Maryland Governor Hogan Veto

At the end of the 2017 session, the Maryland General Assembly voted in favor of a statewide sick leave law. It was the sixth consecutive year that the bill was introduced.

The measure was fiercely debated and amended several times. The final version mandates that employees who work more than 12 hours in an average week earn paid sick leave at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked, up to 64 hours per year. The sick leave may be used for the employee’s own sickness or that of a family member, to obtain preventative health care or to prevent domestic violence or stalking.

Following the 2017 session, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the legislation, calling it bad for Maryland businesses. The legislature overrode the veto on the second day of session this year, January 11. It will go into effect 30 days after the override vote, pending a new bill introduced this week that would delay implementation. POL has been notified of the change and will issue guidance on how this will impact BAYADA offices.

If you have any questions about what’s going on in Maryland’s state capitol, let’s chat! Email me at sgahs@bayada.com.

NJ Managed Medicaid Bill Receives a Conditional Veto

Submitted by Louise Lindenmeier, Director, NJ Government Affairs (GAO)

Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A320/S1018, which sets a minimum managed care reimbursement rate for the Personal Care Assistant program at the state’s fee for service rate.  His veto addresses a wage pass through, budget funding for fiscal year 2019, removal of the Consumer Price Indices adjustment every 5 years and included an audit process for the increase in reimbursement.   On July 31, the bill went back to the Assembly where it received unanimous support by the legislature.  The Senate will vote on the bill when they reconvene for it to become law. The Government Affairs Office (GAO) will work with the industry on how to address the new stipulations within the bill.

NC Long Legislative Session Gaveled Out

Submitted by Lee Dobson, Area Director, NC Government Affairs (GAO)

Last week Speaker Tim Moore and President Pro Tempore Phil Berger ended the long legislative session after passing, along party lines, North Carolina’s 23 billion dollar budget. The budget contained a few provisions we asked for, but not everything. The budget was sent to Governor Roy Cooper for signature. As expected, the budget was vetoed and must be sent back to the General Assembly. Lawmakers plan to return in August where the Republican-majority has sufficient votes to override the veto. It is reported the General Assembly will reconvene for as many as three Special Sessions this year – on August 3rd to address any bills vetoed by Governor Cooper, and on September 6th and November 15th to address redistricting, as the US Supreme Court ruled that our current NC House and Senate maps unconstitutionally disenfranchised African American voters.

While members are back in their districts our Hearts for Home Care Ambassadors will be reaching out to schedule home visits and hosts legislative round table with their offices.   Watch for ways to get involved.

Governor Hogan Vetoes Maryland Sick Leave Mandate

Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, MD Government Affairs (GAO)

As was widely expected, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a controversial bill passed by the legislature during the session that ended on April 10, calling it bad for business. The bill would have mandated that all employers with more than 15 employees provide paid sick leave to most employees. Because the bill passed with a large majority of votes, we expect that the legislature will override the veto at the beginning of the 2018 session in January, with the law going into effect the following autumn. BAYADA supports paid sick leave for office and field employees, having a similar benefits plan already in place.