Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Signed Into Law

A new Massachusetts law offers enhanced workplace protections for pregnant women and new mothers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which was unanimously approved by the legislature and signed into law on July 27, 2017, prohibits employers from taking “adverse action” action against an employee because of her pregnancy. Prohibitions include denying employment, terminating employment or reducing pay based on an employee’s pregnancy. The law, which goes into effect April 1, 2018, also requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodation” to pregnant workers and new mothers which could include: more frequent breaks, time off, assistance with manual labor and private nursing space.