Some states have laws that require private employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Maryland does not have such a law. However, most Maryland employers in the private sector with 50 or more employees will be covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Note: Maryland law does state that if an employer provides a leave with pay to an employee after the birth of his or her child, then the employer must provide the same leave to an employee for the placement of an adopted child (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-802).