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.
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 required to transfer her.
If an employer has a policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement providing for the transfer of a temporarily disabled employee to a less strenuous or less hazardous position, the employer must transfer the pregnant employee. Absent a policy, practice, or agreement to the contrary, if the employee’s medical provider advises a transfer, an employer must transfer the pregnant employee for a period of time up to the duration of her pregnancy unless it would create an undue hardship.
Limits on transfer. Under the conditions described above, an employee must be transferred as long as the transfer does not require the employer to create additional employment that the employer ...