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Md. Gov. Signs Law Protecting Pregnant Workers

Md. Gov. Signs Law Protecting Pregnant Workers

May 17, 2013 — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Thursday signed into law a bill (HB 804) that will require businesses to modify the duties of employees who cannot perform their normal work because of pregnancy, NBC4 Washington reports (Spencer, NBC4 Washington, 5/17).

Under the bill, companies will be required to accommodate workers who show proof from a doctor or other health care professional that they are pregnant and need to lighten their duties. Companies also must provide pregnant workers with less-strenuous work and make other reasonable accommodations, such as allowing an employee to use a chair (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/8).

The bill drew opposition from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, which called it unnecessary (NBC4 Washington, 5/17).