Kristin Murphy,
Sen. Todd Weiler speaks a hearing on SB296, a bill that modifies the Utah Anti-discrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act to address discrimination and religious freedoms, in the Senate Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature has passed a bill that requires businesses to make accommodations for pregnant and breast-feeding workers.

State lawmakers last year made it illegal to discriminate against pregnant and breast-feeding women in the workplace. This year, a bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, took that a step further.

His bill, SB59, calls for employers of 15 or more people to provide "reasonable accommodations" for workers related to pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding and related conditions unless it creates an undue hardship on the business. Employers could ask workers to provide an explanation of their needs from a doctor.

It does not require businesses to allow employees to bring their children to work to breast-feed.

— Dennis Romboy