Women’s Economic Security Act 08 May 14

New parents would be entitled to longer unpaid leaves. Nursing mothers would find more private space at work. And large state contractors would have to certify they pay men and women similar salaries for similar jobs. Those are the parameters of the Women’s Economic Security Act, which updates state workplace laws to ensure employees aren’t held back by gender. The legislation was approved by the House on Wednesday and now makes it’s way to the Senate. A key measure is to let employees take 12 weeks instead of the current six for pregnancy and parenting leave in conjunction with a child’s birth or adoption. Employers would also have to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Some business groups worry the legislation could expose them to more litigation.