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Businesses, Workers Have Opposing Views On Paid Sick Leave Proposals

February 3rd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Workers at TurboHaul in Annapolis Junction can move up to management jobs, earn weekly bonuses and qualify for rewards of $1,000 and more on milestone anniversaries. Those who progress from entry level earn paid sick leave. The Baltimore Sun reports the owner of the commercial bulk trash and junk removal business said he's tailored incentives to encourage loyal, skilled workers to stay and benefit from the company's growth. But he worries he'd have to cut perks or hours or eliminate jobs if he's required to provide everyone paid sick leave.

"I take the responsibility of taking care of my people seriously," said Kevin Daly, TurboHaul's president, whose 21-year-old company employs 30 full-time and five part-time workers. "I just don't like people telling me how I should go about that. I feel I know best how to reward them."

The business owner is among opponents to two bills making their way through the state legislature, including one proposed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and another sponsored by Democrats. Both are scheduled for hearings Thursday before the House Economic Matters and Senate Finance committees.

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