Legislation To Protect Pregnant Women In The Workplace Clears Another House Committee

Rep. Terry McMillan

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Legislation that will protect pregnant women in the workplace and ensure that New Mexico meets federal guidelines passed the House Business and Employment Committee by a unanimous 10-0 vote. Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Doña Ana, of Las Cruces, is the sponsor.

“This legislation balances our desire to protect pregnant women in the workplace as well as the economic needs of our small businesses,” McMillan said. “I look forward to voting for this bill on the House floor.”

The legislation makes employers provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as more flexibility with their schedules, shorter hours or leave time.

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.

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