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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

From NOW Co-Founder Sonia Pressman Fuentes

One of our guests last night, NOW co-founder Sonia Pressman Fuentes, wrote this article on Pregnancy Leave, Parental Care Leave, and the Law, which details the three periods involved: pregnancy, delivery, and post-delivery, and about whether the employee is seeking the equivalent of sick or temporary disability leave or annual/personal leave and how that is to be calculated. 


Following last night's program, Ms. Fuentes made the following recommendations:

I would say that the three most important agenda items for people interested in this area are:
  1. Federal legislation providing for paid family leave in connection with pregnancy, childbirth, and post-delivery.
  2. Legislation providing for paid sick leave (federal? State?)
  3. Dissemination of the EEOC’s Fact Sheet on Pregnancy Discrimination (which does not, however, deal with men’s rights when their wives or significant others are pregnant or give birth) and other information explaining the legal rights of women and men in the US vis-√†-vis pregnancy, childbirth, and post-childbirth. In this connection, it appears the nursing-on-the-job issue may be on the cutting edge.

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