Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) benefits will begin May 1, 2026.

Maine Paid Family & Medical Leave (ME PFML)  

PFML allows for paid medical leave for an employee’s own illness, injury or disability. Family leave covers parental leave for bonding, caring for a sick family member, qualifying military exigencies, or caring for an injured service member, and safe leave. Contributions will begin on January 1, 2025.

Maine Benefits Overview  

  • Up to 12 weeks of paid leave in a benefit year
  • Up to 90% of the employee’s average weekly wage (AWW) up to 50% of the state’s AWW, plus 66% of the employee’s AWW that exceeds 50% of the state’s AWW
  • The maximum weekly benefit will be equal to the state’s average weekly wage

A private plan is allowed under the law.