Illinois House approves bill to give pregnant employees new rights

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Illinois House approves bill to give pregnant employees new rights

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that would give pregnant women more rights in the workplace is on its way to the Illinois Senate.

The Illinois House passed the bill on Thursday.

It would require Illinois employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for full-time and part-time pregnant employees.

That includes allowing frequent water breaks, bathroom breaks, help with manual labor, time off to recover from childbirth and private non-bathroom space for breastfeeding or pumping.

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