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New rules for pregnant workers take effect

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Some stakeholders reminded employers that they should abide by the new law.

“We’ve said it before: To truly #MakeWorkWork for women, both individuals and organizations need to take action, whether by advocating for broad public policy measures or providing employee benefits,” said Chief, a private network of women in executive leadership, in a LinkedIn post.

“Given the lack of a national paid family and medical leave policy in the United States, pregnant and postpartum employees are in dire need of these protections. With this new legislation, it’s up to employers to implement and enforce them properly.”

PWFA’s accommodation provisions are aimed at filling in gaps left open in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) of Title VII which generally protects employees from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, and “employers need to update their workplace notices,” said Mark Fijman, a counsel at law firm Phelps Dunbar, in a separate LinkedIn post. 

An estimated 2.8 million workers annually could benefit from the policy change, according to the advocacy organization National Partnership for Women and Families.

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