Rep. Terry McMillan
SANTA FE – Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Doña Ana County announced today that he has filed legislation that will protect pregnant women in the workplace and ensure that New Mexico meets federal guidelines. The legislation makes employers provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as more flexibility with their schedules, shorter hours or leave time.
“We can do a better job protecting pregnant women in the workplace,” McMillan said. “This bill is commonsense and will bring us in line with federal standards.”
The legislation mirrors language from the Federal American with Disabilities Act. It ensures that a woman’s job is protected while she is pregnant, while at the same time allowing her to look after her health.
“This legislation balances our desire to protect pregnant women in the workplace as well as the economic needs our small businesses,” McMillan concluded.