Dayton signs Women's Security Act

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May 12, 2014 at 5:51 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a wide-ranging measure that aims at closing the gender pay gap and providing safer workplaces for women.

The Women’s Economic Security Act is expected to impact many Minnesota businesses. Business groups have said the measure could result in a greater number of lawsuits, while supporters say it will improve conditions for working families.

The law increases unpaid leave for a pregnancy from six to 12 weeks and requires businesses to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant or nursing women. It also extends the use of sick leave to caring for grandchildren.

It also requires private businesses that contract with the state to certify that they pay men and women equally.

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