Ricketts signs law to boost protections for pregnant workers
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:51
Pregnant workers will have the right to easier workloads and modified schedules under a new Nebraska law.
Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill Monday to create better employment protections for expectant mothers.
The law requires employers to acknowledge physical limitations of pregnancy and make accommodations for employees. It also bars discrimination against pregnant women in employment practices such as hiring or firing.
Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha has said the bill he sponsored complies with a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a pregnant woman who asked for job accommodations similar to those available to workers with physical disabilities.
NE Senators: More scrutiny needed for proposed wastewater site
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:50
State lawmakers are calling for greater scrutiny of a proposed disposal well for fracking water in western Nebraska.
Some senators on Tuesday urged the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to postpone a decision on the site in southern Sioux County until lawmakers complete an interim study.
Terex Energy Corp. wants to truck salty groundwater and fracking wastewater from oil searches and production in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska to a ranch north of Mitchell, Nebraska.
Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm says the state needs more regulations to protect groundwater, which he described as "Nebraska's gold."
Sen. John Stinner of Scottsbluff introduced a study to address concerns about long-term monitoring and potential cleanup costs, the possibility of water contamination, potential heavy truck damage to roadways and the risk of earthquakes.