Reasonable Accommodation

Pregnant and Nursing Employees

During the 2019 legislative session, Governor Janet Mills signed HB 487, extending protections for pregnant and nursing employees in the state of Maine. Under the law, which goes into effect September 19, 2019, employers must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions. Pregnancy-related condition is defined in the new law as “a known limitation of an Read more

Kentucky Equal Employment Opportunity Posting

Last month, we reported that Governor Matt Bevin signed the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the Act, employers are required to post a notice of the right to be free from discrimination in relation to pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, Read more

Pregnant Workers

On April 9, 2019, Governor Matt Bevin signed the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. Employers should review and update all accommodation procedures. The Act became effective immediately. Under the Act, the definition of “reasonable accommodations” is expanded to include: Read more

Lactation Room

If you’ve been following our blog, you are aware that last year New York City passed two bills that amended the New York City Administrative Code to expand protections for nursing mothers in the workplace. Employers with four or more employees are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees to express breast milk. This new Read more

Lactation Rooms

The City of New York has passed two bills (Int. No. 879-A & Int. No.905-A) that amend the administrative code of the City of New York to expand protections for nursing mothers. Under current law, employers must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, near the work area, where an employee can Read more

New Jersey Labor Law Posters

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Division on Civil Rights have recently updated two mandatory workplace postings. New Jersey employers must update their All-On-One poster to remain compliant. The changes include a new protected class under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and corrections to the Employer Obligation to Maintain Read more

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Massachusetts employers only have a few more days left to prepare for the new Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Starting April 1, 2018, employers with six or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant and nursing employees.  The Act also prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, such as lactation Read more

Cooperative Dialogue

On January 19, 2018, the New York City Council enacted Int. 0804, amending the New York City Human Rights Law (NYHRL). Currently, the NYHRL requires covered entities, including employers, public accommodations, and housing, to make reasonable accommodations for victims of domestic violence, individuals with pregnancy and related conditions, religious needs, and disabilities. Under the new Read more

Breastfeeding Employees

Before leaving office, Governor Chris Christie signed several bills into laws. One of these enacted bills, AB 2294, amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to ban discrimination against breastfeeding employees. Employers cannot refuse to hire, discharge, or discriminate against a breastfeeding employee in compensation and other terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Employers are Read more