Employer Size



Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

Employers with 50 or more employees

12 workweeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period;

26 workweeks of leave during a "single 12-month period" to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness

The birth of a son or daughter or placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care; To care for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition; For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or For any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status.

Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law

All Maryland Employers

Does not require that employer offer leave.

Makes employer’s accrued leave policy enforceable.  Policy must be written communicated to the employee at the time of hiring. If an employer informs employees in writing at the time of hiring that unused vacation leave will be lost or forfeited upon termination, then an employee will not be able to claim it. On the other hand, where the employer does not have a written policy that limits the compensation for accrued leave to a terminated employee, that employee is entitled to the cash value of whatever unused earned vacation leave was left -- provided it was otherwise usable

Maryland Flexible Leave Act

Employers with 15 or more employees

Does not require the employer to offer leave.

Employees may use promised "leave with pay" for an illness in the employee's immediate family - a child, spouse or parent. Leave with pay includes sick leave, vacation time, and compensatory time. An employee may only use leave with pay that has been earned and employees who earn more than one type of leave with pay may elect the type and amount of leave with pay to be used.

Maryland Parental Leave Act

Employers with 15 to 49 employees

Requires the employer to offer total of six weeks of parental leave

Leave is for the birth of the employee’s child or the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care.

Montgomery County Paid Sick Leave

All employers in Montgomery County, effective October 1, 2016

One hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked. (Maximum amount varies by size of employer)

Leave can be used for Treating the employee’s own illness;

Attending preventative medical appointments; and

Caring for a covered individual with an illness.