And the story continues…..
As expected, bills presented in last year’s session are returning, with a few tweaks. Happy reading!
SB 664 - Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act (Cross filed with HB 1175)
I believe this is the single worst employment-related bill I’ve seen presented in Maryland. SB 664 would have devastating effects on businesses of all types and sizes. I honestly can’t imagine what our legislators were thinking in drafting this.
This bill also seems to prohibit a business from requiring overtime without "permission" from employees. It appears to prohibit offering different benefits to part time vs. full time employees.
Legitimate, real world business needs and practices virtually guarantee that violations would occur.
SB 940 - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage and Repeal of Tip Credit
Here we go with raising the minimum wage again. Previously Maryland passed a law with a schedule of increases in the minimum wage. SB 940 expands on that:
Changes the minimum beginning July 1, 2016 to $10.10 per hour, and
July 1, 2017 to $11.90
July 1, 2018 to $13.25
July 1, 2019 to $14.25
July 1, 2020 to $15.00
And thereafter increased by the average percent growth of the CPI.
I still can’t see that flipping burgers is worth these amounts. There is no consideration of what a job is actually worth. These efforts mistakenly equate the worth of the job with the "worthiness" of the person holding the job. That’s a social statement, not an economic factor.