March 2, 2015 — The Kentucky House on Thursday voted 95-0 to approve a bill (HB 218) that would require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports (AP/Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/27).
The bill, called the Kentucky Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act, now heads to the state Senate for consideration (Wilkerson, SurfKy News, 2/26).
The bill would cover accommodations such as more-frequent or longer breaks, equipment modifications, seating requests, modified work schedules and temporary reassignments to less-strenuous work duties. According to state Rep. Joni Jenkins (D), the bill's sponsor, the legislation would set clear guidelines for both employers and employees (AP/Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/27).
In addition, the bill would require employers and other businesses to provide a designated location that is not a restroom for nursing mothers to breastfeed or pump.
Jenkins said the bill "protect[s] and support[s] workers when pregnant," and "also minimizes litigation, saves taxpayers money, and expands local economies" (SurfKy News, 2/26).