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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'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.
  • The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (MHWFA) requires an employer with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave, while an employer with fewer than 15 employees must provide unpaid sick and safe leave. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • Montgomery County has requirements pertaining to paid sick leave. See Local Requirements.