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FMLA: Maryland

FMLA requirements for other states

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

Author: Susan A. P. Woodhouse, Littler


  • In addition to federal laws, employers may also be required to provide leave under state family and medical leave laws. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Maryland has a paid family and medical leave insurance program funded through employer and employee contributions. See Paid Family and Medical Leave.
  • 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, adoption or foster care placement of a child. See Parental Leave.
  • Eligible employees may take a one-day leave of absence on the day an 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.
  • Employers with 15 or more employees may be required to provide pregnancy disability leave under certain circumstances. See Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation.
  • The Maryland Flexible Leave Act allows an employee to use leave with pay for bereavement or to care for an immediate family member who is ill. See Kin Care Leave.
  • Employers may be required to provide paid leave to adoptive parents under certain circumstances. See Adoption Leave.