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October 22, 2019 11:20am

GLI testifies on Capitol Hill to advocate for the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

GLI’s Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy Iris Wilbur testified in support of the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. “Today, we live in a world where businesses need every person who can work participating in the labor force. As employers, we must do what is necessary to attract and retain employees, and sometimes that means working around their personal situations, particularly pregnancies. … we urge Congress to pass H.R. 2694, the bipartisan Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act, without delay. The business community and elected leaders must work together to ensure that working women can participate fully and equally in the workplace,” Wilbur told members of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (HR2694) parallels legislation that GLI championed in Kentucky during the 2019 regular session. With GLI’s support, the legislature passed Senate Bill 18, which clarified in state law employers’ obligations when it comes to providing reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. This legislation establishes clear guidelines for employers and employees, supports female participation in the workforce, and promotes healthy pregnancies.

“Now that we have successfully secured the passage of this important law in the Commonwealth, we urge Congress to take action to provide clarity and uniformity on this issue. As a bi-state chamber of commerce, we support legislative efforts that bring regional alignment, especially related to labor laws. Greater Louisville is home to many multi-state businesses and corporate headquarters, so the ability to have uniformity related to pregnant worker accommodations throughout our region and the entire country is important. Therefore, GLI urges Congress to advance the PWFA at the federal level.” — GLI Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy Iris Wilbur

Watch the full hearing on C-SPAN or read GLI’s testimony here. Learn more about GLI’s support for Senate Bill 18 in Kentucky here.