Be in the Know: New Rules on Leave

Maine has recently passed legislation joining 15 other states requiring paid medical leave (PML) and paid family leave (PFL) income replacement benefits for eligible workers who need time off from work for qualifying reasons.

Coverage and cost

Learn more about your state rules and eligibility.

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Covered employers

All employers are covered except the federal government, tribes and self employed.

Coverage options

Employers may use the state or a private state-approved plan.


The contribution rate will be determined during rulemaking but cannot exceed the maximum 1% of total taxable wage base.

Employee eligibility

Individuals who have earned at least six times the state average weekly wage in wages subject to premiums during the individual’s base period.

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Leave Reasons

Caring for a family member, bonding, medical, qualifying exigency, military caregiver and safe leave. 

Job protection

Job protection is included if an employee has been employed with their current employer for 120 days.


Employees will receive 90% of their average weekly wage on a sliding scale.

  • 12 weeks of paid leave per benefit year.
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Timeline and key dates

Contributions for the program begin January 01, 2025

Benefits begin May 01, 2026

Need more information?

Visit Maine’s website for additional details

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How Unum can help

Unum will offer our clients both fully insured and self-insured solutions. We will also offer STD products to provide supplemental coverage that integrates seamlessly with our private plan or the state-run program.

Still looking for more information?

Check out our latest in leave content, and explore the State PFML Guide and our Leave Toolkit.

Have questions?

Reach out to our sales team to learn more about state PFML and absence management solutions from Unum.

The information provided is not legal advice and should not be relied upon or construed as legal advice. This is intended for general information purposes only and does not purport to be complete or cover every situation. Please consult your own legal advisors to determine how these laws affect you. This information is based on current laws and regulations that are subject to change.