- larubia 07/17/2023
I don't see how this law helps at all. It mandates " reasonable accommodations", and who decides what's reasonable? The employer?
The authors state that the law "is intentionally vague to allow room for employers and employees to liaise and negotiate terms appropriate for a given workplace or job role." Negotiate? Really. Pregnant women, those undergoing fertility treatment, or experiencing post-parttum complications are in no position to negotiate....that's why a legislation was needed.
Need a maybe on this one as it is a step in the right direction but doesn't go far enough as it seems to focus on employees already fired and seeking legal compensation for damages to health rather than being proactive and preventing harm.
Should someone really need to be fired then go to court to interpret this legislation which will vary widely from judge to judge depending on their political biases?
"The Democrat-controlled House has passed the bill multiple times since it was first introduced in 2012, but it never came up for a vote in the Senate."
"Three Republican senators scuttled a vote on the proposal earlier this month. Some Republicans have said the bill should exempt religious employers to ensure they do not have to accommodate employees who have abortions. The bill applies not only to pregnancy but to childbirth and "related medical conditions.""
"The PWFA is backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerceand other major business groups, which have said it would benefit pregnant workers while establishing a clear legal standard for employers to follow."
"Worker advocates have said that by not mandating accommodations for all pregnant workers, current law does not go far enough, and that women who sue their employers for pregnancy discrimination can face insurmountable hurdles in proving liability."
- Martha 07/18/2023
It may not go far enough, but it's a good effort to provide some protections to pregnant workers. Since the GD Republicans want every woman to be pregnant and carry that pregnancy to term, then they should be super happy with this bill. However, my guess is they're not as it requires employers to treat their employees with some dignity.
- Brian 07/17/2023
If it doesn't mandate equitable and sufficient paid leave for mothers, it doesn't go far enough.
This is a start, but employers still have too much power over their female employees under this law.
More "smoke and mirrors" created by SCOTUS to give power to the states who are ruled by political parties. We need to end this nonsense ASAP. Too may "loop-holes" for the employer to abuse.
- JERRE 07/17/2023
Protect everyone except producyive workers. Should be an amendment to the Workers With INabilities which has helped USPS and DMV offices be so suceesful.
- J 07/25/2023
15 workers is a over for too many employers to mistreat their workers. The number of workers needs to be a smaller number.
- DaveS 07/18/2023
Women rights supersedes fetus rights! There are AG going after private record of women and transgender that had to go to out of state. Your freedom and privacy of self determination is in jeopardy of government interference and control!
- Kevin 07/18/2023
There are still benefits that pregnant women get in the rest of the developed world that this legislation does not grant.
- Andy 07/17/2023
An "ad" for the times! From the Democratic lobby group Progress Action Fund ...
Get the Republican't party out of YOUR bedroom!
That means YOU cornyn, crenshaw and cruz!
- Jean 07/17/2023
CAUSES TELLS ME, THEN ASKS: " the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was signed into law by President Biden in Dec. 2022. The act went into effect on June 27, after a decade of efforts by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers. The act requires employers to make fair and reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Do you think the protections go far enough?" ME: Don't think so. It does NOT cover companies with fewer 15 employees -- and:
● Firms with fewer than 20 employees made up 89.0%.[of all businesses]
● Firms with fewer than 10 employees accounted for 78.5%.[of all businesses]
- Steph 07/17/2023
No, I do not think this goes far enough. Furthermore, as it stands, we have not gone far enough to protect women's right's at all-including autonomy over their own bodies.