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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


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Maryland. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Maryland does not have a mini family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • A covered employer provide an eligible employee 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 does not have a mini family and medical leave law, a Maryland employer with 15 or more employees may need to allow their employees to use their earned paid leave to care for certain covered family members. See Kin Care Leave.
  • Under the Parental Leave Act, a covered employer must allow 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.
  • While Maryland law does not require an employer to provide paid leave to 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.
  • A covered employer 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.
  • Certain employers must provide paid sick and safe leave to eligible employees. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate employees for responding to an emergency declared by the Governor as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, civil defense, volunteer fire department or volunteer rescue squad. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • Maryland provides job-protected leave to members of the Civil Air Patrol. See Civil Air Patrol Leave.
  • An employer must allow an employee to participate in jury duty leave. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An eligible employee may take time off from work to comply with a subpoena or other court order or to attend any proceeding in which the defendant or juvenile has the right to appear including, but not limited to, a trial or adjudicatory hearing. See Crime Victim 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.
  • A covered Montgomery County employer must provide eligible employees with paid sick leave law. See Local Requirements.