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Other Leaves: Maryland

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Darrell R. VanDeusen, Kollman & Saucier, PA


  • Maryland provides specific leave rights in areas not covered under federal law.
  • Maryland's Flexible Leave Act (MFLA) allows employees to use their earned paid leave for the illness of a spouse (including a same-sex spouse), child or parent. See Maryland Flexible Leave Act.
  • Maryland's Parental Leave Act allows an eligible employee to take up to six workweeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period for the birth of the employee's child and the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care. See Parental Leave Act.
  • Maryland employers with 50 or more employees must provide eligible employees with a one-day leave of absence on the day that employee's immediate family member is leaving for or returning from active military duty outside of the US as a member of the US armed forces. See Family Military Leave.
  • While Maryland law does not require employers to provide paid leave for adoptive parents, an employer that does provide paid leave to an employee following the birth of a child must provide the same leave with pay to an employee when a child is placed with the employee for adoption. See Adoption Leave.
  • Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must provide the same leave benefits to employees whose disabilities are caused or contributed to by pregnancy or childbirth as are provided to employees with other temporary disabilities. See Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  • Maryland employers may not terminate an employee for participation in an activity of a civil air patrol, civil defense, volunteer fire department or volunteer rescue squad as long as certain criteria are met. See Volunteer Activities.
  • Maryland provides job-protected leave to members of the Civil Air Patrol. See Civil Air Patrol Leave.
  • An employee who is an eligible voter is allowed up to two hours of paid leave (unless the employee has two continuous nonworking hours when the polls are open) to participate in general, special and primary elections. See Voting Leave.
  • Maryland private employers are not required to provide paid holidays. See Holidays.
  • Montgomery County has enacted a paid sick leave law. See Montgomery County Paid Sick Leave.