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Pregnant Workers in Tennessee Now Have a Clear Right to Reasonable Accommodations

Starting October 1, 2020, Tennesseans who are working while pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or who need to express breastmilk at work are protected under the law from discrimination. Tennessee law now gives workers an explicit right to reasonable pregnancy accommodations at work, so they can stay healthy and safe while continuing to earn a paycheck to support their family. Tennessee joins 29 other states in mandating fairness for pregnant workers.

The Top 5 Questions Debate Moderators Should Ask on Work-Family Issues

There are so many important questions that Presidential debate moderators should ask candidates in 2020. Chief among them must be questions centered on how to advance justice so workers can care for themselves and their loved ones, without jeopardizing their economic security. Chris Wallace, the moderator for the first Presidential Debate on September 29th, has already announced several topics including COVID-19, the economy, the Supreme Court, and race relations in America. Many of these issues directly intersect with the needs of working families and their economic security—and we urge prioritizing the following 5 key questions.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote!

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA - H.R. 2694) in a strong bipartisan vote. The PWFA would provide an explicit right for pregnant workers to request reasonable accommodations to stay healthy and safe in the workplace, unless it would constitute an undue hardship on the employer. 

Tell Your Legislator to Vote YES on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!

Big news: Following almost nine years of advocacy, this Thursday, the House will vote on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act—a long overdue bill to guarantee pregnant workers a right to reasonable, medically-necessary accommodations and prevent employers from pushing pregnant workers off the job. With limited guidance on the health risks of COVID-19 on pregnancy and with more and more pregnant workers desperately needing income, it’s more important than ever that pregnant workers can stay healthy and working during the pandemic and beyond. Will you take action today? Tell your legislators that no one should have to choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy—not during a pandemic, not ever. 

FAQs: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

  • September 2, 2020

The purpose of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) is to keep pregnant workers healthy and on the job. It is a flexible framework that is not one-size fits…

COVID-19’s Harsh Impact on Mothers Exposes the Gaps in Our Workplace Laws

Mothers have long faced economic inequality in the United States. Early June marked Moms’ Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how long it took moms to earn what dads earned in 2019. U.S. Census data from 2019 indicated that women working full time in the U.S. earned $0.82 for every dollar that men made in their jobs. However, mothers make just $0.70 for every dollar white, non-Hispanic fathers make. The pandemic has only intensified the problem, as mothers are being forced to choose between their jobs and their caregiving responsibilities.

Tennessee Becomes 30th State to Provide Stronger Protections for Pregnant Workers

Today, after years of advocacy, Tennessee becomes the 30th state in the country to provide stronger legal protections for pregnant workers. A Better Balance has been proud to lead the fight on the ground in Tennessee to enact the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act over the past six years, working closely with a strong coalition of local and state partners as well as providing drafting and legal support. 
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