As stated previously, employees affected by pregnancy-related conditions are entitled to time off under the same terms and conditions as employees with other types of temporary disabilities. This includes such things as the commencement and duration of disability leave, the availability of extensions, the accrual of seniority and other benefits while on leave, and job reinstatement.
Pennsylvania's Pregnancy Guidelines provide that all employer policies regarding job benefits and job security must be applied to women disabled by pregnancy on the same terms as they are applied to other disabilities. Mandatory maternity leave policies requiring automatic leave at specified times during pregnancy violate the state Human Relations Act. Nothing in the Guidelines prohibits an employer from allowing additional time off for childrearing; however, any time allowed must be applied equally to men and women for natural children or adopted children (PA Code Tit. 16 Sec. 41.101et seq.).