- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s Assembly has passed bills intended to ensure workplace rights for pregnant employees and prohibit sexual harassment at even the smallest businesses.

The votes follow Senate passage earlier this year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll sign both measures.

One will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers to help them stay on the job. Sponsors say those could include a stool to sit on, extra restroom breaks, transfer from hazardous duties, a reprieve from heavy lifting or reasonable time for childbirth recovery.

The bill would exempt employers for whom accommodations would create an undue hardship.

The other measure will extend current prohibitions against harassment in workplaces with fewer than four employees.


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