Maryland does not have a state law that specifically requires employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, employers covered by the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) must provide the same leave benefits to female employees disabled by pregnancy as are provided to other employees with temporary disabilities, and must provide reasonable accommodations for employees with a disability caused or contributed to by pregnancy.
Employers must explore all possible means of reasonably accommodating a disability caused or contributed to by pregnancy if an employee requests a reasonable accommodation, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
State law also requires an employer to transfer an employee to a less strenuous or less hazardous position for a specified period of time, in some circumstances, if the employee requests the transfer. Employers must post information on these rights in a conspicuous location and include it in any employee handbook (MD Code State Govt. Sec. 20-609, Sec. 20-601).
The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees during the year and protects workers regardless of tenure and number of hours worked.
Transfer. If an employee requests a transfer to a less strenuous or less hazardous job during the pregnancy, an employer must grant the request if it would do so for any other temporarily disabled employee, or the woman's healthcare provider so advises, and the employer can do so without creating a new job or displacing employees. If, at the time of the request, the employer has an available restricted position for which the pregnant employee is qualified, the employer will be ...