One of the many perks of writing here at TPC is being privy to information that often gets lost in the blogosphere shuffle or flies under the radar. We get sent all kinds of things that we love sharing with you, items our readers often don't see anywhere else.
Take this new book, Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace, for example:
Working women need to know their rights about workplace laws and protections. For example, here are five facts you didn't know about pregnancy and parenting in the American workplace:
1. If you are diagnosed with a pregnancy-related "disability", you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation at work under federal law. Women with "normal" pregnancies are not entitled to the same explicit protections and often find themselves out of luck.
2. Disability benefits for pregnancy and childbirth do not guarantee job protection -- take the money, but there is no promise you'll have your job back upon your return!
3. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most workers can NOT be required to pump breast milk in the bathroom! Your boss must give you a clean, private space other than a bathroom, where you can pump milk without interruption.
4. Depending on where you live, you may be entitled to over $1,000 a week in benefits while out of work for maternity leave -- or nothing.
5. The United States lags behind other countries in just about every category of family-friendly policies; we stand with Swaziland and Papua New Guinea as one of the only countries in the world to not guarantee any form of paid maternity leave.
Sounds like a book worth reading, does it not?