New legislation being proposed by Indiana Republican Governor Eric Holcomb would protect pregnant women in the workplace.
As federal law already requires employers to make what is deemed “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant workers, Holcomb wants state legislators to make that more specific. State health commissioner Kristina Box says special treatment for mothers-to-be would help continue Indiana’s recent progress toward reducing a chronically high infant mortality rate. Box argues offering those accommodations would actually help employers even more so by allowing women to come back to work faster after maternity leave.
Although the bill is among Governor Holcomb’s priorities, it has not been scheduled for a hearing as of yet as legislators have a week after they return from the Martin Luther King holiday weekend to put it on the calendar.
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