A salute the state of Maryland for enacting a law that will really make a difference to a group of employees who deserve consideration, and thanks.
Effective October 1, immediate family members (spouse, parents, stepparents, siblings, children, stepchildren) can have one day unpaid leave on the day their relative leaves or returns from active military duty outside the United States.
The law applies to companies with more than 50 employees and to workers who have spent 1,250 hours on the job in the prior 12 months. More states should adopt this law and make the requirements less stringent. I'm sure that many companies would do this anyway. Employers can not require employees to use paid time off for this purpose, however, they can ask for documentation.