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

Maryland Paid Family & Medical Leave (MD 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. Contributions will begin on October 1, 2024.

Maryland Benefits Overview  

  • Up to 12 weeks of paid leave in a benefit year
  • An additional 12 weeks of leave in the same benefit year if:
    • an employee takes bonding leave and then becomes eligible for medical leave; or
    • an employee takes medical leave and then becomes eligible for bonding leave
  • Up to 90% salary replacement with a maximum benefit of $1,000
  • A minimum benefit of $50

A private plan is allowed under the law.