Despite decades of progress made improving conditions for women in the workforce, there is still no federal law guaranteeing pregnant employees the right to reasonable workplace accommodations. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) would provide that guarantee and is now closer than it has ever been to becoming law. PWFA—which has been introduced in every Congress since 2011—is one Senate vote away from the President’s desk.
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically accelerated a two-decade decline in women’s labor force participation. The PWFA represents a straightforward, low-cost tool to counter this trend and support women in the workforce. Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center on February 2nd where we will talk with the authors of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Senators Bob Casey and Bill Cassidy. We will explore the need for national workplace accommodations, the benefits to both employers and employees, and why bipartisan support is critical to ensuring policies promoting family health and security are durable.
Senator Bob Casey
Senator Bill Cassidy
Fellow and Director of the Paid Family Leave Project, BPC
In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.