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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What It Is And How It Affects Your Business

About This Course:
Get ready, HR professionals: a new bill is in the works that could change the way you offer accommodations to pregnant workers.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a bipartisan proposal that establishes a pregnant worker's clear-cut right to reasonable accommodations. Specifically, the new law would affect all employers with 15 or more employees, and addresses employment practices that discriminate against making reasonable accommodations for qualified employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

The proposed bill would follow procedures set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to make it much easier for pregnant workers to receive accommodations.

Those procedures require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related work restrictions using the "interactive process," in which employers and employees work together to find reasonable accommodations that don't present an undue hardship on the employer. Also, workers would be entitled to protection from retaliation, coercion, and intimidation for requesting or using an accommodation.

While this law has yet to pass, employers should manage pregnant employees in the same manner as individuals with similar limitations-and this webinar can help!What You'll Learn:Learning Objectives:
  • Determine which private sector employers and public sector employers will be required to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers under the law.

  • Identify enforcement procedures and remedies that cover different types of employees in relation to unlawful/discriminatory employment practices.

  • Learn how the law protects the economic security of pregnant women and their families.

  • Identify which employees are considered impacted by pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions to take paid or unpaid leave, and if a reasonable accommodation can be provided.

  • Determine if a qualified employee affected by pregnancy or a related condition is eligible to accept an accommodation through an interactive process.
Continuing Education Credits:

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