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Are Employers Required to Accommodate Pregnant Employees?

Employers must reasonably accommodate pregnant employees under state and federal laws. What those accommodations should be will vary depending on the needs of the employee and employer. If a pregnant employee asks for help but that request is denied, she should contact our office. Federal and state laws provide some protection for pregnant employees who want …

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The Case for Paid Parental Leave in the United States

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not offer some sort of paid parental leave. And that’s a problem considering that today, women make up 47% of the workforce, and 40% of those women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families. Study after study has shown the health and economic …

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Court Rejects Retaliation Claim of Fired Breastfeeding Employee

We’ve previously discussed some of the challenges breastfeeding mothers face in the workplace. Our blog post titled “Breastfeeding Challenges for New Mothers Who Work Full-Time” examines laws and on-the-job difficulties employees encounter when breastfeeding or expressing milk. Currently, many breastfeeding mothers have a difficult road ahead of them. However, this shouldn’t stop an employee from …

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How the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Family Medical Leave Act Provide Leave for Pregnant Employees

If you’re an employee who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you’ve probably wondered whether you’ll be able to take the necessary time off from work for the care and birth of your child. You might already know that there are several laws that deal with pregnancy and leave, but you may not be …

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California and Minnesota: Taking Care of Families

When it comes to protecting or helping caregivers, not all states are created equal. Federal laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, create a minimum level of employee benefits and rights (such as the minimum wage and protected unpaid family leave). However, states …

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This Week in Family Responsibilities Discrimination

In the news and on many people’s minds this week was the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry and striking down bans on same-sex marriage across the country. But how will this decision affect family responsibilities discrimination? We look at this landmark decision …

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