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MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

As 2017 starts to wind down, Massachusetts employers should start reviewing and revising their employment policies and practices so they are prepared for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which goes into...more

Does the PDA Protect Nursing Mothers From Workplace Bias? 11th Circuit Says Yes

Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) protect nursing mothers against post-pregnancy workplace discrimination? One federal court—the Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals—recently...more

Dash Dream Plant to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Lawsuit

Don't Get Pregnant or You're Fired, Orchid Grower Told Employees, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination...more

Massachusetts Will Require Accommodations For Pregnant Employees

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As of April 1, 2018, employers in Massachusetts will be required to provide accommodations to pregnant employees. In July, the Governor signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act that amends the Massachusetts’...more

Accommodating Pregnancy Under State and Federal Law

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Laws requiring both public and private employers to accommodate their pregnant employees have become a trend over the past several years. Indeed, this past July, Massachusetts became the 22nd state, along with the District...more

Massachusetts Expands Protections For Pregnant Women In The Workplace

On October 2, 2017, Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Barker, signed into law an amendment to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act that reinforces what federal and Massachusetts state judges have long held – that...more

October 1, 2017: Connecticut Employers Subject to New Law Protecting Pregnant Employees

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Connecticut has joined a growing trend of states and municipalities expanding the protections afforded to pregnant employees and applicants. Connecticut’s new law, effective October 1, 2017, entitled An Act Concerning...more

Scribe-X Northwest Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Employer Withdrew Offer After Applicant Disclosed Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland-based medical transcription service Scribe-X Northwest violated federal law by rejecting a well-qualified...more

EEOC Sues Trinity Health for Pregnancy Discrimination

Medical Provider Refused to Keep Pregnant Worker on the Job Working Light Duty and Instead Fired Her, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS - Trinity Health, an integrated healthcare provider with 2,500 employees...more

The Case of the Breastfeeding Narc: 11th Circuit Confirms Lactating Employee is Covered Under Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Does an employee’s protection under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) stop when the employee ceases to be pregnant? The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was confronted with this question in Stephanie Hicks v. City of...more

Eleventh Circuit Says PDA May Require Accommodation of Breastfeeding Needs

For years, federal courts have held that pregnancy and sex discrimination laws do not require employers to affirmatively accommodate breastfeeding by employees. However, a recent line of cases has blurred this conclusion,...more

Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act Goes Into Effect October 1

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act (NPWFA) goes into effect Sunday, October 1, 2017. The NPWFA applies to employers with 15 or more employees and generally expands the scope of protections provided to female employees...more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Six-Figure Jury Verdict in Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit serves as a cautionary tale for employers quick to deny employees’ requests for accommodations after returning from maternity leave. The Pregnancy...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1, 2018

by FordHarrison on

A new Massachusetts law, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will expand existing legal protections for pregnant employees beginning April 1, 2018. Most notably, employers will be required to provide reasonable accommodations...more

Two Weeks Until New Protections for Pregnant Employees Become Effective

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For those unfamiliar with the way a lot of Connecticut laws get implemented, October 1st could seem like just another day. (Though for my kids, they would be impressed that it was a different October 1st in 1982 that EPCOT...more

Washington Enacts Healthy Starts Act: New Workplace Accommodation Protections For Pregnant Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Washington recently enacted new workplace accommodation protections for pregnant employees. The Healthy Starts Act (RCW 43.10.005):- Applies to employers of 15 or more employees. ...more

For “Labor Day” (Get It?): Three pregnancy Cases From The EEOC

The month of August was not kind to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC’s wellness regulations were shot down by a federal court in the District of Columbia, and earlier this week the agency was told that it...more

Washington’s New Healthy Starts Act Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Workers Absent the Showing...

by Littler on

Washington’s legislature recently passed a new Healthy Starts Act (the “Act”), which places significant obligations on Washington employers with respect to pregnant employees. These new obligations are not otherwise required...more

Connecticut Strengthens Protections For Pregnant Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Connecticut’s “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” strengthens considerably the workplace protections for pregnant employees and applies to employers who employ at least three employees. The Act takes effect on...more

EEOC Sues Silverado for Pregnancy Discrimination

Residential Care Provider Refused to Keep Pregnant Worker on the Job Working Light Duty and Instead Fired Her, Federal Agency Charges - MILWAUKEE - Residential care provider Silverado violated federal law when it fired an...more

You Might Feel a Small Stick: EEOC Sues on Failure to Accommodate Phlebotomist

If an employer provides a temporary reassignment to accommodate an employee’s disability/pregnancy restrictions, does it have to return her to that assignment after her maternity leave? The EEOC seems to think so. In Equal...more

Connecticut Employers Will Need To Accommodate Pregnant Employees

by McCarter & English, LLP on

A new state law that becomes effective October 1, 2017, expands existing legal protections for pregnant employees under federal and state laws and will require employers to pay closer attention to the ways in which they treat...more

Massachusetts Establishes New Protections for Pregnant Workers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”), an act which expands the protection of Massachusetts’s anti-discrimination statute to cover pregnancy...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligations To Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On July 27, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The Pregnant Workers Act (1) requires Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable...more

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