Take your child to work day, every day

By Katherine Tellez

May 11, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate is going to take up a bill Monday that gives added job protection for pregnant women.

On Mother's Day, Governor Pat Quinn urged the senate to pass House Bill 8.

The bill 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.

Governor Pat Quinn says the bill would reduce discrimination in the workplace and create a stronger workforce across the state.

But there's one area school that took matters into their own hands by creating a "bring your baby to work policy."

Jeremy Rubusch has brought his son Aydan to work with him at the Peoria Hebrew Day School every day since he was two months old.

"At first it was kind of hectic because there's a baby in our classroom but now it's part of our routine," Rubusch said.

Jeremy's wife is a resident at a hospital and works long hours.

When she was pregnant, they had no idea what they where going to do when Aydan was born.

"We were completely lost," said Rubusch. "It was our first kid, and being away from our family we didn't know."

He's not the only one. On any given day there are up to six children who come to work with their parent.

Ruth Stanton says she wouldn't work if she couldn't bring her kids with.

"I didn't want to put her in daycare. I didn't want to leave her with babysitters. I was very attached to my baby," said the President of the Board of Directors at the Hebrew Day School, Ruth Stanton.

The infant at work program has a strict set of rules and each parent must sign a contract.

It has been in place for two years, ever since several employees were expecting babies at the same time.

"I want to do the best at both, but not sacrifice either or," said Rubusch of managing both.

She says it is a benefit not only for the parents but also for the students.

"We also found that it was an extra benefit for our students because they learned how to interact with kids of different ages," Stanton said. "They are nicer with little kids because they just have them around all the time."

The contracts with each parent are reviewed after one year and while Stanton stresses that this is a privilege not a right, she says they have had no issues so far.

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