An Act To Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA c. 7, sub-c. 6-C is enacted to read:
PAID MATERNITY AND PARENTAL LEAVE REQUIREMENTS
§ 850-A. Definitions
As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
"Large employer" includes any agent of a large employer.
§ 850-B. Paid maternity leave
§ 850-C. Paid parental leave
§ 850-D. Employee benefits protection
§ 850-E. Effect on existing employee benefits
§ 850-F. Prohibited acts
§ 850-G. Judicial enforcement
This bill requires employers with one to 49 employees to provide 2 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and one week of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. Employers with more than 49 employees are required to provide 4 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and 2 weeks of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. The bill also includes provisions regarding the protection of existing benefits, position restoration, denial of rights and judicial enforcement similar to the provisions of the family medical leave laws.