PAID LEAVE FOR PREGNANCY LOSS

By Bob Katzen

The Labor and Workforce Development Committee held a virtual hearing on a measure that would provide three days of paid leave when an employee suffers a miscarriage or in the case of unsuccessful artificial insemination, invitro fertilization, surrogate arrangement or adoption.

“Pregnancy loss is disruptive both mentally and physically,” said sponsor Rep. Jamie Belsito (D-Topsfield). “My husband and I experienced a loss at 12 weeks. We had announced to our families that we were expecting our first child at Christmas time, and 3 days later I began to miscarry. It was a devastating time for both of us. This legislation gives a little bit of time for affected families to heal. My message to those who have experienced this type of loss or may in the future, is that you are not alone, and we see you.”

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