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).