Updated: Jul 14
PROGRESS....For many years, Mothers In Construction have endured workplace conditions that have not been conducive to their needs while pregnant or nursing. The passing of the PUMP Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act has finally provided protections to support mothers in the workplace. Mothers bring so many qualities to the table. Supporting them through every aspect of their lives is important to the retention of women in our industry. It's on all of us to promote awareness and advocate for the rights of parents in the workplace.
The following article is being reprinted with permission from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
New Mothers “Making it Happen”: New Federal Laws Support Expectant and Nursing Mothers in the Workplace
Balancing work and motherhood raises age-old questions for women in virtually every industry. Amongst these are how to navigate work during both pregnancy and the transition back to work after the baby is born, which present specific challenges ranging from physical/medical constraints to privacy and logistical concerns. Those challenges may be amplified for expectant and new mothers in the construction industry, especially for women working in the field. Two new federal laws address these challenges and may help bridge some of the gaps for mothers in the field. Effective December 29, 2022, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act, also known as the PUMP Act, expanded protections for breastfeeding mothers, and effective June 27, 2023, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) created new requirements for reasonable accommodations requested by employees who are affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions...
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