Workplace protections for women gets House approval

By KBJR News 1

Workplace protections for women gets House approval

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A measure closing the gender pay gap and strengthening workplace protection is one step closer to becoming law in Minnesota.

The House of Representatives approved the Women's Economic
Security Act conference committee report in a 104 to 24 vote Wednesday.

The bill, authored by Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) also expands unemployment insurance eligibility for victims of domestic violence and allows employees to use existing earned sick leave to recover from sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking.

“When future generations look back at the barriers facing working women today, we will be able to look them in the eye and tell them we took action to make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said chief author State Representative Carly Melin (DFL – Hibbing). “This legislation strengthens working families and grows the middle class by ensuring that our mothers, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers have equal opportunities for economic security.”

The bill now awaits a final vote in the Senate before it can be signed into law by Governor Dayton.

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