Background: Employers in this country consistently fail to provide adequate time off for new parents and sufficient accommodations for pregnant working women. Due to this inefficiency to act, many pregnant women must choose between keeping their jobs, or putting their health and their child’s health at risk. With 75% of working women expected to be pregnant at some point in their lives, we know that a significant percentage of these women will work at strenuous jobs, will face financial pressures, and will have to cope with demands stemming from pregnancy.
Why This Matters: Pregnant women who stand for more than 40 hours a week or who have extremely tiring jobs are at higher risk for premature births than women with less physically demands jobs. Additionally, research has shown a connection between high levels of stress and premature birth. Failure to accommodate pregnant women in the workplace not only puts a pregnant woman’s health in danger, but also the health of the fetus. It has been shown that premature birth is one of the leading causes of long-term disabilities in children, and is just one of the health risk associated with denying pregnant workers accommodations.
What the Bill does: This bill would amend Section 4. Of chapter 151B of the General Law, which would provide pregnant workers and their families with necessary accommodations, such as seats, water, or more frequent restroom breaks, to ensure a healthy pregnancy while maintaining their employment.
What To Do:
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