Maternity and Work

Affordable Care Act - Nursing Breaks

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable breaks to an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child was born. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

See more at FLSA section 7 Affordable Care Act.

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is unlawful sex discrimination according to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The ruling covers workers of employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state and local governments. As well to labor organizations and employment agencies.

State Disability Insurance (SDI) - Paid Leave, No Job Protection

This is paid leave if you pay into the State Disability Insurance (SDI), without job protection. California, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico mandate STD benefits, which typically cover half to two thirds of your salary.

US Only Country Without Paid Maternity Leave

The United States is the only Western country - and one of only three in the world - that does not provide cash benefits to women during maternity leave, a new U.N. study reports. The other countries are Oman and Papua New Guinea, the rest of the 182 surveyed countries provide paid leave. 

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