Accommodations Employers Need to Know for Pregnant Workers and Nursing Mothers
There are several upcoming required accommodations for pregnant workers and nursing mothers that employers should be aware of. These accommodations are designed to ensure that pregnant employees and nursing mothers are able to work in a safe and supportive environment while maintaining their health and the health of their babies.
The following are some of the key accommodations that employers will need to provide:
Reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers: Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees who have limitations due to pregnancy-related conditions. This may include providing extra breaks, modified work schedules, or temporary reassignment to a less strenuous job.
Time and space for nursing mothers: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers provide reasonable break time for nursing mothers to express breast milk for up to one year after the birth of their child. Employers are also required to provide a private space, other than a bathroom, where nursing mothers can express breast milk.
Non-discrimination: Employers are prohibited from discriminating against pregnant employees or nursing mothers in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, or pay.
It's important for employers to be aware of these upcoming accommodations and to ensure that they are in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Failure to comply can result in legal action, fines, and other penalties. Employers should also make sure that their policies and procedures are updated to reflect these requirements and that their managers and supervisors are trained to handle requests for accommodations from pregnant employees and nursing mothers.
This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.
Click the following link for "Accommodations Employers Need to Know for Pregnant Workers and Nursing Mothers" compliance posters:
New York City Pregnancy Accommodation Poster (Bilingual)
Colorado Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster