Governor Larry Hogan has directed the Committee on Paid Leave, established by
Executive Order 01.01.2017.08 to collect data from employers and workers throughout Maryland to better understand access to paid leave policies and how this benefit is best met by a fair and flexible statewide leave policy. Over the course of the next six months, the committee will be meeting with employers and workers to collect reliable data as to how a mandated leave policy would specifically impact the Maryland workforce.
As head of this committee, I am reaching out for your assistance in identifying employers and employees in your district that the committee should meet with and hear from. Our goal is to listen to all concerns and opportunities as we draft a final report for a common sense policy that meets the needs of employees without being a burden on the men and women who own and operate our small businesses. Given the time-frame we have to complete our work, the committee would appreciate your help identifying these key stakeholders who can help us better ascertain both the benefits and complications surrounding the issue of paid leave.
The committee has developed an online survey tool for businesses and employees to use to solicit feedback.
Please contact my Legislative Director Maria Iannatuono to share business and workers' names that the task force may contact for this research. We would be more than happy to include you in any discussion with your local businesses and constituents. Maria may be reached at (410) 230-6009 or
Kelly M. Schulz
You all know by now that Governor Hogan vetoed HB01 – Healthy Working Family Leave Act, and it is unlikely that a special session will be called during which an override vote could be scheduled. We encourage you to extend your thanks to the Governor for listening to your voice and having the courage to veto this onerous legislation. SHRM has made sending thanks easy to do. Just click this link and you can send a standard letter (or customized) to Governor Hogan: http://bit.ly/2qJvgp0
Finally, when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes on January 10, 2018, there will most likely be a call for an override vote of Governor Hogan’s veto of HB01 – Health Working Family Leave Act. As we get closer to January, there will be other recommended actions we can take to influence defeat of the veto override vote and make way for paid leave legislation that is more reasonable. We will keep you informed.
Thanks to those members who take the time to speak your voice!
The SHRM Foundation is now accepting applications for the Susan R. Meisinger Graduate Fellowship. One winner is selected annually to receive a fellowship of up to $10,000. Each fellowship is renewable for one additional year for a total of two year of graduate study and up to $20,000 total for the fellowship. Apply now! Deadline: August 15, 2017.
Sundra Hominik from SHRM reached out to us to see if there were any businesses or organizations in Maryland that have taken a lead in dealing with the issue of Opioid use or who has tried an innovative approach to the problem. The Daily Record is seeking leads for someone they could partner with on a possible event on this topic.
FCSHRM is supporting the National SHRM- Junior Achievement Collaboration to promote work readiness in high schools across the country. The agreement will use the strengths and expertise of both organizations to engage human resource professionals, educators and Junior Achievement associates in initiatives that better prepare young people to be successful adults in the ever-evolving world of work.
Finance Park Virtual is Junior Achievement’s common core-aligned capstone program for middle grades students that provides a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal financial decisions. Volunteers would visit a 7th or 8th grade classroom that is implementing JA Finance Park Virtual and speak to the students about the importance of financial literacy. Topics that can be glossed over are income, taxes, credit vs debit, savings, etc. The JA representative would work with the individual volunteer on content and provide what the students will be specifically learning during the unit to help orient the direction of the discussion. Volunteers can also assist during the online simulation that the students go through and guide students as they make their budgeting choices.
Registration is now open for the MD SHRM Conference in Ocean City, MD on Oct 15-17.
For details, please visit http://md.shrm.org/maryland-state-conference
June 16, 2017
Inaugural - Best Employers in Maryland
MD SHRM and The Daily Record want to know if you are one of the “Best Employers in Maryland”!
Time is running out to register to participate in this inaugural state-wide survey and competition. It’s good for your business and it’s good for Maryland.
Don’t make the mistake of letting your company go unrecognized! Even if you don’t make the list, the Employee Feedback Report (including MD benchmarking) is reason enough to participate.