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Governor Baker signs bill protecting pregnant workers

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Governor Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan bill Thursday extending protections to pregnant women in the workplace.

The legislation will prohibit workplace and hiring discrimination related to pregnancy and nursing, according to a statement from Baker’s office.

It will also require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for new or expecting mothers by providing access to less strenuous workloads, altered work schedules, private space for nursing, and time off with or without pay.

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The law closes current gaps in federal law for employers of six or more, according to the statement.

“This bipartisan legislation extends critical protections to women in the workplace, and I thank the Legislature for their collaboration with advocates from both the women’s health and business communities,” Baker said. “These provisions are important to expectant and working moms supporting their families and raising healthy children.”

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