Work & Family Policy Database
Pregnancy Disability Leave
Subject: Pregnancy Disability, Job-Protected Leave
Statute/Code Cite: Iowa Code Sec. 216.
Summary: Women workers have greater access to pregnancy disability leave under state law than under federal law. Iowa law prohibits employers with four or more employees from denying a woman's request for up to eight weeks of leave to address pregnancy, childbirth and related medical disabilities. Leave must be granted regardless of a woman's tenure on the job or the number of hours she has worked.
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