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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2013 11:11 AM
From: Senator Matt Smith
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pregnancy Accommodations In The Workplace
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation aimed at ensuring fair, safe, and healthy working conditions for pregnant women in the workplace. Specifically, this legislation would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations in duties and workplace conditions to pregnant women during their pregnancies. This is a pragmatic step to ensure that the health and safety of pregnant women are balanced equally with productive employment.

Currently, federal law protects women from being fired or otherwise discriminated against due to pregnancy, however it does not require employers to provide pregnant women with certain necessary and temporary accommodations to ensure their health and safety during pregnancy. My legislation would bridge this gap.

Three-quarters of women entering the workforce will be pregnant and employed at the same time during their careers, and my legislation would ensure that they can balance each part of their life in a way that is safe and practical for all parties involved.

This bill is part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health, a comprehensive proposal to address the health issues affecting Pennsylvania women today.

If you have any questions about this legislation, please do not hesitate to contact Max Flessner in my office at mflessner@pasenate.com or 717.787.5837. I hope you’ll join me in sponsoring this critical legislation.

Introduced as SB1209