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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


  • The Maryland Flexible Leave Act requires that covered employers (those with 15 or more employees) allow their employees to use their earned paid leave for the illness of a spouse (including a same-sex spouse), child or parent. See Purpose and Length of 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 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.
  • 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 with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees who are temporarily disabled. See Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Law.
  • 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.