Policy Supports and Legal Protections for Pregnant and Parenting Students

In 2015 we supported legislation to strengthen workplace protections for pregnant women and new mothers. LB 627 was an overdue update to Nebraska’s employment law. Because of this bill, pregnant and new mothers in Nebraska can request reasonable accommodations in the workplace without fear of losing their job. Accommodations such as a space to express breast milk, a chair for sitting, and bathroom breaks.

Recently, these laws saw another improvement. Supported by a combination of our research (hyperlink) and advocacy efforts, LB 427 became law in 2017 to support the health and education rights of pregnant and parenting students and their children in every school district in Nebraska. This two-generational approach to policy and practice will change the future trajectory for countless young Nebraskans.