The Fastest Way to Apply for FMLA Parental Leave in Maryland

Parental Leave Requests & Benefits The Fastest Way to Apply for FMLA Parental Leave in Maryland

The Fastest Way to Apply for FMLA Parental Leave in Maryland

Thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Maryland residents are entitled to take time off when they are expecting a new baby. Because bonding with a baby is such an important event in the life of a family, an employee's job is protected when they file an official claim to request time off.

However, due to the typical bureaucratic red tape, this process isn't always easy to navigate. Fortunately, DoNotPay is here to help you request the time off you deserve without having to invest hours researching procedures and chasing down details online.

What Is FMLA?

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides job-protected leave for employees whose family faces a disruptive medical event.

FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunities for men and women. (U.S. Department of Labor)

By applying for leave, eligible employees can request time off without endangering their employment status.

Who Is Eligible for Parental Leave in Maryland?

When it comes to parental leave eligibility in Maryland, there are several factors to consider.

People Eligible for Leave

People who are eligible for parental leave in Maryland would include employees working at a company with at least fifty people who also meet these requirements:

  • Have birthed a child biologically
  • Have adopted a child
  • Have welcomed a foster child

In such situations, employees can enjoy twelve weeks of parental leave. (Note: At companies with fewer than fifty people, employees can enjoy six weeks of parental leave.)

Unfortunately, this leave will likely not include compensation, since Maryland is not a state that requires paid leave.

People Ineligible for Leave

If you are an extended family member or additional caregiver helping the new parents, you will not be granted parental leave under FMLA, even if you are taking an active role in welcoming and/or caring for the child.

Likewise, if you are adopting, fostering, or raising new pets, you are ineligible for FMLA leave in Maryland.

How to Apply for FMLA

When applying for leave under the FMLA, employees generally request forms through their HR departments, often through an official FMLA request letter.

Best practices for applying for FMLA include the following:

  1. Giving your employer at least 30 days notice (when possible, particularly in the event of parental leave)
  2. Following official in-house procedures laid out by your company's HR department
  3. Giving your employer enough documentation/information so that they can determine if you qualify for leave

That third point may require some nuance. While HIPPA protects your medical history, your employer needs to know a bit about your situation in order to protect your employment through FMLA.

Request Parental Leave and Benefits with DoNotPay

When investigating FMLA in Maryland, you may find conflicting information online. Fortunately, we are here to help you cut through all the chatter and apply quickly and easily for the time off you need.

If you want to request parental leave but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 6 easy steps:

  1. Tell us which state you work in (if you work in CA, NY, NJ, MA, WA, or DC, your state has a paid family leave program).

     

  2. Choose whether you want us to apply to the program for you or contact your employer with your leave request. If you want to apply for the program, we will walk you through the questions on the form and mail the application form for you.

     

  3. If you want us to contact your employer, enter your leave details, including the starting date, number of weeks of leave, and how many weeks of paid leave you are requesting (for example, you may take a 12 week leave, but only request 8 weeks of paid leave to make the request reasonable).

     

  4. Indicate whether you are the birth parent or not (birth parents have a few additional legal protections).

     

  5. Enter the name of your company and the person to address this request to.

     

  6. Select whether you want us to email the request to your employer on your behalf.

     

DoNotPay Can Help

When it comes to putting in requests for parental leave and benefits, DoNotPay does more than simply help Maryland residents. We have services in place to help people around the country.

Find your state’s specific policy below:

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In addition, we can help you request sick leave or file a complaint. Contact us today to learn more about all the services we offer.

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