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November 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(21):1797-1798. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690210063026

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The New Law Protecting Expectant Mothers  According to the law that went into effect, Aug. 1, 1927, the provisions pertaining to the employment of pregnant and puerperal women apply to all workers and employees, whether married or unmarried, who are subject to the compulsory health insurance legislation. This limitation of the law to those insured under the compulsory social insurance plan was necessary in order that adequate support of the workers and employees should be assured through the weekly benefits granted by the krankenkassen. However, the protection does not extend to the insured workers who are employed in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fishing, or those engaged in ordinary household pursuits.Pregnant workers and employees to whom the law applies are entitled to demand release from all work if they can show by a medical certificate that they will presumably be confined within six weeks. Puerperants may not be employed

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