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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

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The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Labor and Employment



    (a)    In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    (1)    “Eligible employee” means an individual who has requested that an employer provide parental leave and who, as of the date that the requested parental leave begins, will have been employed by that employer for at least:

            (i)    a 12–month period; and

            (ii)    1,250 hours during the previous 12 months.

        (2)    “Eligible employee” does not include an individual:

            (i)    who is employed at a work site at which the employer employs fewer than 15 employees if the total number of employees employed by that employer within 75 miles of the work site is also fewer than 15; or

            (ii)    who is an independent contractor.

    (c)    (1)    “Employer” means a person who employs at least 15 but not more than 49 individuals in the State for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year.

        (2)    “Employer” includes:

            (i)    a person who acts, directly or indirectly, in the interest of an employer with respect to an employee of the employer; and

            (ii)    a successor in interest of an employer.

    (d)    (1)    “Employment benefits” means benefits provided or made available to an employee by an employer.

        (2)    “Employment benefits” includes group life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, sick leave, annual leave, educational benefits, and pensions.

    (e)    “Parental leave” means leave described in § 3–1202 of this subtitle.