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Avoiding Discrimination Around Pregnancy and Parenting Leaves: The $18 Million Reminder of What Not to Do

When one thinks of a discrimination lawsuit, it is reasonable jump to age, race, gender, or sexual harassment. Indeed, these are common fact patterns in discrimination cases across the country. However, discrimination in the workplace also extends to pregnancy and parenting. Discrimination can be blatant or subtle. Some discriminatory practices permeate the leave of absence … Continued

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Tennessee Passes Act Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants

Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who have medical needs arising from pregnancy or childbirth, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Governor Lee signed the supporting legislation, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, on June 22, 2020, joining more than twenty-five other states requiring … Continued

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Virginia Employers: Prepare to Provide Pregnancy-Related Accommodations

Virginia employers should get ready to provide pregnancy-related accommodations to employees beginning July 1, 2020.  Recently enacted, Virginia Senate Bill 712 amends the Virginia Human Rights Act to require covered employers to make reasonable accommodation to the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose … Continued

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New Mexico Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations Related to Pregnancy and Childbirth

New Mexico’s recently enacted HB 25, known as the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act, amends the New Mexico Human Rights Act to explicitly prohibit discrimination against workers because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on May 20, 2020, which is 90 days after the state legislature … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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