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e-Alert: Maine Expands Family and Medical Leave to Care for Grandchildren

By August 2, 2021No Comments


The Family and Medical Leave law in Maine has been amended to allow employees to take a leave to care for grandchildren with serious health conditions; the amendments will take effect on September 15, 2021.


The current Family and Medical Leave law allows employees to take leave to care for the following covered family members:

  • Spouse or Domestic Partner
  • Employee’s Child or Spouse/Domestic Partner’s Child
  • Sibling
  • Parent

The amended law includes the following covered family members:

  • Employee’s Grandchild or Domestic Partner’s Grandchild

Employers Next Steps

  • Employers should review their leave policies and ensure compliance
  • If you are a Full-Service or Virtual HR client and would like our assistance with updating your policy, please email us.

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