County Executive Ike Leggett is signing today new sick leave legislation that will make Montgomery County’s law one of the strongest in the nation.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will appear at the 12:30 p.m. signing ceremony at the Civic Building in Silver Spring. A Montgomery County resident and former County Council member, Perez is pushing for more paid sick leave nationwide.

Council President George Leventhal, a key supporter of the new law, and other council members will also be at the ceremony.

The law will require all employers in the county to provide their employees with up to a week of paid sick leave.

The County Council approved it unanimously on June 24. A number of business organizations, including the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, had expressed concerns that the legislation would mean higher costs for small business owners.

The county law will require most employers to provide paid sick leave at the rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours an employee works. The bill will not go into effect until Oct. 1, 2016, to give business owners time to prepare.


Advocates say the bill will provide paid sick leave for about 100,000 county residents who currently don’t have paid leave.