Utah Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Utah Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related medical conditions (UT Code Sec. 34A-5-106). As a general rule, this means that for all employment-related purposes, employers must treat pregnancy and related medical conditions the same as employees with temporary disabilities are treated. The law covers the state, political subdivisions, and any private employer with 15 or more employees within the state for each working day in each of 20 calendar weeks or more in the current or preceding calendar year (UT Code Sec. 34A-5-102 ).
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Under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which covers employers with 15 or more employees, employers must offer the same time off to female employees affected by pregnancy and related medical conditions as is offered employees with temporary disabilities.
Private employers. There is no Utah law requiring private employers to provide family leave for their employees. If it is promised, however, employers may have a legal obligation to grant it.
Public employers. In compliance with the FMLA, the Utah State Employees Family and Medical Leave Rules provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, for a serious health condition of the employee, or to care for a spouse, dependent child, or parent with a serious medical condition. Employees may use paid sick leave for maternity or paternity and adoption care for absences caused by injury or temporary disability of a spouse or dependents living in the employee's home. To be eligible for this leave, an ...

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