January 27, 2020 5:44pm
Indiana Senate Committee approves pregnant workers bill
Indiana took an important first step this afternoon in encouraging workforce participation and providing important guidance for employers with workers impacted by pregnancy. With support from GLI, Members of the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services approved legislation that would outline reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.
GLI testified in favor of the bill alongside a coalition of supporters, including One Southern Indiana and the Indy Chamber.
In 2019, GLI successfully championed passage of pregnant workers legislation in Kentucky. Senate Bill 18 provided clear guidance to employers on their obligations when it comes to providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. This new law will help support female participation in the workforce, help deter litigation, and promote safe and healthy pregnancies. Passage of similar legislation in Indiana is one of GLI’s top 2020 bi-state priorities. GLI has also advocated for pregnant workers legislation at the federal level.
Read below for GLI’s full statement to the Indiana State Senate Committee on Family and Children Services.
Greater Louisville Inc. is a bi-state chamber of commerce, representing more than 1,800 businesses in Kentucky and Indiana, including the counites of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington. GLI strongly encourages members of the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services to support Senate Bill 342. This legislation will provide valuable guidance to Hoosier employers, help avoid costly litigation, support women in the workforce, and promote safe and healthy pregnancies.
In 2019, GLI successfully championed legislation in Kentucky outlining reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. This bill received strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and allowed Kentucky to join Utah, South Carolina, Nebraska and more than two-dozen other states in supporting women in the workforce. Lawmakers in Kentucky and these states recognized how a pregnant workers law can provide clarity for employers, help avoid litigation, support employee retention, and promote safer, healthier pregnancies. Passage of a pregnant workers law in Indiana would have the added benefit of creating alignment between Indiana and Kentucky employment law for the many businesses in our region that operate on both sides of the Ohio River.
Our regional business community believes that this legislation is pro-business and pro-workforce. It is good public policy for the economies of both Kentucky and Indiana. We hope that you will join us and our coalition partners in supporting Senate Bill 342.