Business Groups Speak Out Against Maternity Leave Plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Business groups are on the attack against a plan to mandate that Ohio women get 12 weeks off from work when they have a baby.

At a public hearing yesterday, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and other groups said the proposal from the state Civil Rights Commission could force small businesses to eliminate other employee benefits or even leave Ohio.

The current rule requires a reasonable amount of maternity leave but doesn't say how much time should be given.

An abortion rights group was among those that spoke out in favor of the change, saying the state should help women who want a healthy pregnancy and birth.

The civil rights agency is expected to make its final decision by the fall.