Paid sick leave and paid family leave gained ground in 2017, but Republicans are fighting hard

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www.dailykos.com—Paid leave laws—both sick leave and family leave—continued to gain some ground in the states in 2017 while Republicans continued to block any hope of progress at the federal level, Ivanka Trump notwithstanding.  Washington state passed one of the nation’s strongest paid family leave laws. Workers earning less than half the state average have a real chance at taking time off, since the law provides for them to get 90 percent of their regular pay. Rhode Island became the eighth state to pass...

Maryland workers will get paid sick leave despite Republican Gov. Hogan's veto. In 30 days, Maryland will be the ninth state in the U.S. with paid sick leave. The state legislature overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan this week: Despite a strong effort by Hogan to convince Democrats to abandon the legislation, which he said would hurt businesses and potentially invade workers’ privacy, the Senate voted 30-17 to override the veto, one vote more than was needed. The House of Delegates overrode the veto on Thursday. The action was a win for progressive groups...