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Reminder: Maryland Family and Medical Leave Program Coming Soon

22 May


We wanted to remind employers, as we previously reported, that the Maryland Family and Medical Leave Program (MFMLP) will begin on October 1, 2024, and the benefits will begin on January 1, 2025.

The phases for implementation are:

  • Starting from October 1, 2024, contributions will be initiated and will continue until June 30, 2026. Following this period, the contribution rates will be determined annually, no later than February 1. The established rate will then be applicable for a full year, commencing on July 1 of that same year.
  • Contributions will be split 50/50 between employers and employees, but employers may choose to pay more than their share (up to the entire portion required for employees).
  • Eligible employees may begin to use Program benefits on January 1, 2026.
  • Program contributions may not exceed 1.2% of an employee’s wages and will be applied to all wages up to and including the Social Security wage base. 
  • Paid leave under the law and FMLA run concurrently, not additionally. Program changes state employees are not required to use certain benefits like vacation, PTO, or sick leave before or while receiving Program benefits.

Employers should start (if they have not done so) identifying covered employees, preparing their payroll, and adjusting their policies and practices.

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