A normal pregnancy was never a disability within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, there were no accommodations needed for a pregnant employee. All that was required was that you not discriminate against a pregnant employee.
However, the EEOC's latest guidance appears to now require employers to reasonably accommodate a pregnancy. Moreover, the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on this issue in a case involving the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
In Young vs. United Parcel Service, Inc. the Supreme Court held that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act could require an employer to provide accommodation to pregnant employees similar to accommodations they would provide to other disabled employees. The court held that if a company policy creates a "significant burden" for pregnant employees it could violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Many municipal and state laws have recently been amended to include pregnancy as a legally recognized disability requiring workplace accommodation. This conference will help you understand your obligations under both federal as well as state law to provide accommodations for your pregnant employees under these new rules.
- Overview of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and its requirements
- What is required to treat pregnant workers the same as other employees who have temporary disabilities
- In depth review of Young v. United Parcel Service and the implications of this decision
- Review of current EEOC Guidance on providing reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees
- Summary of recent state and local laws that now require employers to accommodate pregnant employees
- Necessary updates to your handbook required by these new laws and EEOC guidance
- Policy revision examples to ensure that you are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws
- Copy of speaker's presentation slides
- Attend from office, home or mobile device
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Melissa Fleischer is an employment law attorney with many years experience. She is President and Founder of HR Learning Center, LLC. Ms. Fleischer has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation. She has also provided in-house employment law and human resource training to many of her clients on various employment law topics such as FMLA, ADA, and labor relations. She is nationally recognized as an expert in her field.