Oregon Employers to Make Pregnancy-Related Workplace Accommodations By 2020

Oregon recently enacted the Employer Accommodation for Pregnancy Act, HB2341 (the “Act”), which provides rights and protections to applicants and employees who are pregnant and postpartum. The Act applies only to employers with 6 or more employees – the same coverage threshold as the state’s antidiscrimination provisions protecting disabled individuals. When the Act goes into … Continued

Kentucky’s New Pregnancy Accommodation Law: What Employers Need to Know

Get ready to engage in an interactive process with your pregnant employees in Kentucky! The recently enacted Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act requires covered employers to make reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions absent an undue hardship. Reasonable Accommodations The Pregnant Workers Act amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which already prohibits … Continued

Denied Pregnancy Accommodations Result in Million Dollar Settlements

If you think that denying accommodations to pregnant or disabled employees will save your organization money, you may want to think again. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled two systemic pregnancy and disability cases for over seven figures each – sums that are sure to catch the eye of any CFO or … Continued

South Carolina Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Act

On May 17, South Carolina’s Governor signed the Pregnancy Accommodation Act (“SC PAA”), requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions. The law is effective immediately. While the law provides some clarity on what constitutes a “reasonable accommodation,” it also leaves some important questions unanswered. Read on … Continued

New York Paid Family Leave Regulations Are Finally Final

On Wednesday July 19, New York adopted final Paid Family Leave law (NY PFL) regulations, which take effect immediately. As a reminder, beginning January 1, 2018, private employers must provide eight weeks of benefits at a 50% salary rate, with increased benefits over the next four years, for the leave reasons described below. The period … Continued

Massachusetts Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, the Governor of Massachusetts signed Massachusetts House Bill 3680, a pregnancy accommodation law (referred to here as the “Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”). Effective April 1, 2018 , the law adds protection for employees experiencing pregnancy or related health conditions. Employee Eligibility: All employees are eligible. Covered Employers: All employers with 6 or more … Continued

Crossing The Finish Line: New York PFL Final Regulations

On Wednesday, July 19, New York adopted final Paid Family Leave law (NY PFL) regulations, which take effect immediately. Beginning January 1, 2018, NY PFL will provide eight weeks of benefits at 50% salary rate, with increased benefits over the next four years, to employees who need to miss work: to care for a family … Continued

Connecticut Expands its Protections for Pregnant Employees

On July 6, the Governor of Connecticut signed House Bill 6668, a law amending the Connecticut Pregnancy Disability law. The new law, effective October 1, 2017, provides additional protections for employees experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. The existing law requires an employer to grant a reasonable leave of absence for disabilities resulting from … Continued

Washington State, Nevada, and Connecticut Bump Up Their Pregnancy Protections

We recently updated you about Vermont’s new Pregnancy Accommodation law. Three more states join the trend, as Washington State, Nevada, and Connecticut follow suit. On May 15, the Governor of Washington State signed Washington Senate Bill 5835, a pregnancy accommodation law that adds protection for pregnant employees experiencing pregnancy or pregnancy-related health conditions. On June … Continued