NY Enacting Workplace Rights for Expectant Women

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s Assembly passed bills to ensure workplace rights for expectant employees and prohibit harassment at even the smallest businesses. The votes follow Senate passage earlier this year and Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll sign both measures.

One will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to expectant workers to help them stay on the job. These include a stool to sit on, transfer from hazardous duties, a reprieve from heavy lifting or reasonable time for childbirth recovery. The bill exempts employers in cases of undue hardship.

The other measure extends current harassment rules to workplaces with fewer than four employees.