- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for working pregnant women.

Republican Rep. Terry McMillan of Las Cruces says the state can do a better job protecting pregnant women in the workplace. He says his bill would bring the state in line with federal standards.

Reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers would include more flexibility of schedules as well as shorter hours or leave time.

The legislation mirrors language in the Federal American with Disabilities Act. It ensures that a woman’s job is protected during pregnancy while allowing her to look after her health.

McMillan filed the legislation Monday. He says it balances a desire to protect working pregnant women as well as the economic needs of small businesses.

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