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Alaska Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Alaska Human Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex, including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, marital status, or parenthood (AK Stat. Sec. 18.80.010 et seq.). As a general rule, employers must treat pregnancy-related conditions the same as they treat other types of temporary disabilities for all employment-related purposes, including leave and other benefits. The Act covers all employers regardless of size, as well as labor organizations and employment agencies.
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Employers must treat pregnancy-related disabilities the same as other temporary disabilities are treated regarding time off. This includes the commencement and duration of a leave of absence, the availability of extensions, the accrual of seniority and other benefits while on leave, and job reinstatement. There is more information.
Some states have comprehensive laws that require private employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Alaska does not have such a law for its private employers. However, Alaska employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Alaska employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide leave time or not, at their own discretion. There are more details on the FMLA.
State law prohibits a municipality from enacting an ordinance that prohibits or restricts a woman from breastfeeding a child in a public or private location in which the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be (AK Stat. Sec. 29.25.080). The statute doesn't specifically mention employers; however, it can ...

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