Gov. Dayton signs bill boosting women's workforce security

By KBJR News 1

May 11, 2014 Updated May 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A milestone for working women in Minnesota on this Mother's Day. Governor Dayton signed the Women's Economic Security Act Sunday.

The bill allows employees to take 12 weeks unpaid leave — instead of the current six for pregnancy and parenting leave.

The measure also reduces the gender pay gap.

Currently, women earn an average of 80–cents for every dollar a man makes.

"We know that strong women make a strong Minnesota," said DFL Rep. Carly Melin, of Hibbing, "and that underlies the Women's Economic Security Act. When future generations look back we will be able to tell them that we did something to make the lives of working women and working families better."

Other provisions of the bill include more workplace protections for pregnant and nursing women and an extension of unemployment benefits to victims of sexual assault.

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