Even though a normal pregnancy was never a disability within the meaning of the ADA, many states and municipalities have recently enacted laws requiring employers to provide pregnant employees with accommodations. In addition, the EEOC has recently issued a new guidance that appears to require employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s pregnancy. Moreover, the US Supreme Court has recently weighed in on this issue in a case involving the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court basically held that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act could require an employer to provide accommodations to pregnant employees similar to accommodations they would provide to other disabled employees. Thus, in this case the Supreme Court held that if a company policy creates a “significant burden” for pregnant employees, it could violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Please join Melissa Fleischer as she helps you understand your obligations under both federal as well as state law to provide accommodations for your pregnant employees under these new rules. She will also provide guidance on the best way to revise your policies to ensure compliance with the new rules and law.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Some of the many important topics covered include:
- Review of the 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
- 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
- Tips for revisions to your policies and practices to ensure you are in compliance with federal, state and local laws
- Necessary updates to your handbook required by these new laws and EEOC guidance
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Accommodating Pregnant Employees: New Rules and Requirements for Employers” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law and is the president of HR Learning Center LLC. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with over 20 years’ experience representing clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a variety of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law.
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