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Ohio Earns Low Marks For Policies Dealing With New Parents And The Workplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSPD) -- Ohio has some work to do when it comes to policies dealing with new parents and the workplace, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

For the third time since 2005, the group has reviewed each state's policies for things like family and medical leave, workplace rights for new parents, and paid sick time. Much hasn't changed from report to report.

"Ohio does some beyond what federal law provides in terms of the protections that it provides to its own workers, workers for the state, but it does nothing to help private sector workers," said the group's Vicki Shabo.

Ohio gets a "D" because of a lack of laws covering the issue.

States like California are getting higher grades with their supportive programs for working parents. For example, private sector workers who qualify for the state's disability insurance system are entitled to up to six weeks of paid family leave that can be used by either parent. Pregnant women are also eligible for up to 4 months of job-protected leave to address a pregnancy-related health condition.

In Illinois, which got a B, a new law requires all private employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women or new moms with resulting medical complications.

"You know I think in the end this report is a wake-up call," said Shabo.

She hopes people living in low-scoring states demand their lawmakers do something to address the problem.

 

 

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