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Maryland Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Maryland does not have a state law that specifically requires employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, until October 1, 2013, 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. This means that employers can provide leave for employees with temporary disabilities, including pregnancy disability, with or without pay, or not provide it at all, as long as all employees are treated the same in their requests for temporary disability leave.
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Effective October 1, 2013, the state FEPA, as amended, requires all employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with a disability caused or contributed to by pregnancy, as long as the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the employer's operations. Under this amendment to the state FEPA, employers are required to assess whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided to a pregnant employee without imposing an undue hardship.
Types of accommodation. If an employee requests a reasonable accommodation, the employer must explore (with the employee) all possible means of providing the reasonable accommodation, including changing the employee’s job duties, changing the employee’s work hours, relocating the employee’s work area, providing mechanical or electrical aids, transferring the employee to a less strenuous or less hazardous position, or providing leave. In making reasonable accommodations, employers are not required to create additional employment that it would not otherwise have ...

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