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Senate Sends Dayton Women's Workplace Rights Bill

Created: 05/09/2014 6:42 AM KSTP.com

A bill called a hallmark update to Minnesota's workplace protections for women is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.          

The Minnesota Senate gave final approval to the measure late Thursday on a 43-23 vote. It narrowly rejected a move to force more negotiations to clarify clauses business groups fear will invite lawsuits.          

Under the bill, parents would be allowed to take 12 weeks instead of the current six for pregnancy and parenting leave in conjunction with a child's birth or adoption. Pregnant women would be entitled to reasonable accommodations to protect their well-being. And "familial status" would be added to laws guarding against unfair employment practices.          

Companies with state contracts of $500,000 or more would have to certify they pay men and women similar salaries for similar jobs.

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