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Workers' Compensation: Maryland

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Kevin Hess, Fisher Phillips


  • All Maryland employers that are subject to the workers' compensation regulations are required to post the Maryland Workers' Compensation Notice Poster in the workplace. See Notice Requirements.
  • All employers must provide workers' compensation insurance to their employees, with limited exceptions. See Covered Employers.
  • The vast majority of employees in Maryland are covered by workers' compensation insurance, with two major exceptions. See Covered Employees.
  • Injuries and occupational illnesses that occur in the course of or arise out of employment are compensable. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Employers may not be liable for certain types of injuries incurred under specific circumstances. See Employer Defenses to Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Workers' compensation pays for medical expenses and other benefits, including partial wage replacement. See Medical Benefits.
  • Claims must be initiated within a specific time period. The Act provides for an appeals process in disputed claims. See General Workers' Compensation Claim Procedure.
  • Maryland employers are prohibited from terminating an employee who files a workers' compensation claim. See Retaliation.