DFL Representative Rena Moran of St. Paul is presenting a bill in committee this morning (starts 8am) that aims to mandate that working mothers receive six weeks of unpaid maternity leave after 90 days of employment–rather than after a year.

“This is really about looking at how this issue can create a public health crisis when women are forced to return to work immediately after giving birth.”

Moran says the proposal is an improvement on the parameters of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)–which have loopholes that deem some contractors, part-time employees, temporary employees and full-time workers ineligible for unpaid maternity leave.