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Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Issues New Pregnancy Rights Notice

On January 20, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance expressly banning discrimination based upon pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition and imposing...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks To Expand Protections For Pregnant Employees

On November 18, 2013, a bill (S2995) seeking to expand employment protections for pregnant women passed in the Senate 38-0. Specifically, the bill would (1) amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to add pregnancy...more

New York City Issues New Pregnancy & Employment Rights Notice in English, Foreign Language Versions to Follow

Earlier this month, Proskauer issued a client alert on the latest amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, which expands the protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. For more on the new law, see our...more

Two New Measures in New York: Wage Deduction Rules and Pregnancy Accommodation

Most employers tend to focus on federal law as a source of labor and employment obligations. However, employers should also pay careful attention to state and local laws on workplace issues. The first half of this month has...more

Employment Law -- Oct 15, 2013

“Use It or Lose It” Policy Results in Multimillion-Dollar Verdict - Why it matters: Although this decision is unpublished, it provides a lesson on the potentially expensive ramifications of maintaining an illegal...more

Act Now Advisory: New York City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On October 2, 2013, following a unanimous New York City Council vote, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") to require most New York City employers to reasonably...more

New York City Law Provides Reasonable Accommodation for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Related Conditions

On October 2, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that requires employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy,...more

New York City Now Requires Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Today, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law requiring employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. The legislation, which was...more

New York City Expressly Requires Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees, Adds Notice Obligations

On October 2, 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Int. No. 974-2012A to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) by expanding protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. The NYCHRL, as...more

New York City Bill Prohibits Discrimination in Employment Based on Pregnancy

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council approved a bill that will amend the administrative code of the city of New York to prohibit discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical...more

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that expands prohibited discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related...more

New Maryland Law Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees Becomes Effective October 1, 2013

Beginning October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must comply with the recently enacted Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act, which requires that Maryland employers provide...more

New York City Delivers Expanded Legal Protections for Pregnant Women

On September 24, 2013, New York City Council unanimously approved legislation designed to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Introductory Bill No. 974-A...more

Accommodating the Breastfeeding Employee

The Scenario: Female employee returns from 12-week maternity leave. Upon her return to work, she requests permission to use break time to express breast milk. Additionally, she requests a private room other than a bathroom...more

Failure To Provide Additional Leave As ADA Accommodation Could Prove Costly To Employers

For ages, the employer community has awaited guidance from the EEOC regarding how much additional leave, if any, an employer is required to provide an employee as an ADA reasonable accommodation when an employee is unable to...more

Bill Passed In Maryland General Assembly Expanding Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination To Maryland Employees

The General Assembly recently passed a bill which expands protections against pregnancy discrimination to employees in Maryland. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Governor O’Malley and, if signed, will take effect...more

To Terminate or Not to Terminate. . . That is the Question

The Facts – “What Happened?”: The plaintiff, Ms. Mocic, worked as an EMT for the employer/defendant (SCEMS) for almost four years. She became pregnant in 2009. She requested and was granted an apparently uneventful...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2013

In This Issue: - Feature Articles: - California Court Of Appeal Significantly Expands Pregnancy Leave Rights - New York Employer's Flex-time Policy Precluded Holding Employee Accountable For Tardiness...more

California Appellate Court Holds Employee Entitled To Reasonable Accommodation After Pregnancy Leave Ends

Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., No. B237761 (February 21, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently held that an employer may have to offer additional leave under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) as a reasonable...more

Pregnancy Disability Leave – Sanchez v. Swissport

A California appellate court has given employers yet another reason for caution in their handling of employees on pregnancy disability leave. In Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., B237761 (Feb. 21, 2013), the Second District Court...more

Amended Pregnancy Regulations Expand Protections for Employees Disabled by Pregnancy or Perceived as Pregnant

All California employers with five or more full- or part-time employees must comply with the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s (“FEHC”) amended pregnancy regulations that went into effect December 30, 2012....more

Employment Law Newsletter: February 2013

In this issue: -Inspection of Personnel Records (AB 2674) -Wage Statements (AB1744) -Disclosure of Social Media Passwords (AB 1844) -Criminal History Information Requirements (AB 2343) -Human...more

Pregnancy Discrimination Law Update

In an important ruling for employers, the Fourth Circuit recently underscored that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) does not require employers to provide pregnant workers with special accommodations. Young v. United...more

2013 Updates to the FEHA California Pregnancy Regulations

Amendments to California’s pregnancy regulations became effective on December 30, 2012, creating many new responsibilities for employers. While employers should take note of all of the amended regulations, some of the most...more

Ensuring Compliance With California’s Revised Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations

California recently adopted the most sweeping changes to the regulations implementing its pregnancy disability leave (PDL) law in 17 years. These changes, which became effective on December 30, 2012, significantly impact the...more

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