Alabama Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Alabama Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Alabama has no state fair employment law that specifically prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.
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Some states have laws that require private employers to offer pregnancy leave or to grant pregnant employees the same time off as is granted to employees with temporary disabilities; however, Alabama does not have such a law.
Nonetheless, employers with 15 or more employees may have leave obligations under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
State employees. State employees may use accrued sick time for disability associated with their own pregnancy, provided the employee works until she is actually disabled and returns to work as soon as she is physically recovered (AL Admin. Code Sec. 670-X-14-.01 et seq.).
State law mandates that a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present (AL Stat. Sec. 22-1-13).
The statute doesn't specifically mention employers; however, it can be construed to include places of employment, given the expansive nature of the law’s language.
In order to accommodate breastfeeding, employers may wish to set aside a quiet, private area, and/or establish protocol or policies for employees who wish to breastfeed.
In addition to the information provided above, further discussion of federal and state laws that may provide related rights and responsibilities is available on the following topical analysis pages.
A concise multistate comparison of state maternity and pregnancy laws is also available in the State Law Chart Builder.
Last reviewed on March 20, 2019.

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