Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top 10 Labor & Employment Law Stories of 2010: Numbers 4 and 3

top-ten-gold Our next two stories impact women during and immediately after pregnancy.

4. Lactation Breaks. One of the lesser heralded provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as the Health Care Reform Bill) is section 4207, which provides reasonable break time for nursing mothers. All employers with 50 or more employees (and most with less than 50 employees) are required to provide nursing mom’s as many unpaid breaks as needed, in a private space other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.

3. Pregnancy Leave Rights. In June, the Ohio Supreme Court clarified that Ohio’s pregnancy discrimination statute does not require that employer provide pregnant women greater leave rights than other employees. Two months later, the 6th Circuit likely took away part of this gift by holding that pregnancy-related impairments that are not part of a “normal” pregnancy qualify as an ADA-protected disability.

(And thank you everyone for your votes in the ABA Blawg 100 -- today is the last day for voting)




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