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How to legally manage pregnancy and maternity leaves

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When an employee announces she’s pregnant, it’s important for HR and supervisors to know what they must do—and what they can’t do (or say) under federal anti-discrimination and leave laws. (For details about individual state maternity leave laws, go to www.ncsl.org/programs/employ/pregnancy leave statutes.htm.)

No federal law requires you to provide paid maternity leave. Most employers must comply with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the FMLA. The ADA may apply if pregnancy complications arise.

PDA: pregnancy discrimination

The PDA prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of “pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.” It covers employers with 15 or more workers. The PDA says a woman can’t be denied a job because she’s pregnant or had an abortion. You can’t fire her because of her pregnancy or force her to go on leave as long as she’s physically capable of performing ...(register to read more)

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