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Maine Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy and related medical conditions (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4572-A). The Act applies to all employers.
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Employers are not required to provide pregnancy leave, but must treat employees who are affected by pregnancy the same for all employment-related purposes as other employees are treated who require temporary leave (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4572-A).
The Maine Family Medical Leave Act requires employers to provide up to 10 weeks of paid or unpaid leave in any 2 years for family medical leave. Qualifying reasons for family medical leave include the serious health condition of the employee, employee's child, domestic partner's child, spouse, or domestic partner, as well as the placement of a child 16 years of age or younger with the employee or the employee's domestic partner in connection with the adoption of a child. An employee returning from leave must be restored to the position previously held or to a similar position. Employees who have been employed by the same employer for 12 consecutive months are eligible for this leave. The Act applies to private employers with 25 or more employees, and to all state employers (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 843et seq.). For more information For employers with 50 or more employees, this leave runs concurrently with leave taken under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Notice requirements. The employer is entitled to 30 days' notice of the intended date upon which the family medical leave will commence and terminate, unless a medical emergency prevents the giving of such notice.
Certification. The employer may require ...

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