Leave of Absence for Small Employers Not Covered by FMLA

paperclip-178126_1920Employers with 50 or more employees must offer eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But what about employers with less than 50 employees? Are they required to provide a leave of absence to an employee with an illness or injury or to an employee who has a family member with a serious illness or injury? Quite possibly. There are a number of federal and state laws which may require an employer to provide a leave of absence, even when the employer is not covered by FMLA. Continue reading

Maryland Parental Leave Act for Small Employers

maryland-43786_1280Maryland’s Parental Leave Act (PLA) became effective October 1, 2014.  The PLA requires small employers, with between 15 and 49 employees in Maryland, to provide an unpaid leave of absence to employees for the birth of a child or the placement of a child for adoption or foster care.

During a twelve month period, employers are required to provide six weeks of unpaid time off under the PLA.  This is the main difference between PLA and the federally mandated leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which allows up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave.

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