The House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee has been reviewing legislation, H.136, that would establish state requirements for accommodation of pregnant employees, and could act on the bill has soon as next week. AIV will be providing testimony next week, but employers are strongly urged to review H.136 and to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to discuss options for engaging on this bill.
Accommodation of pregnant employees is already addressed in federal law, most notably in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Concerns have been raised as to whether H.136 would effectively go beyond traditional accommodation requirements related to temporary disabilities and lead to unreasonable requirements on and liabilities for employers, particularly small employers that might be exempt from one or more existing laws addressing such conditions.
AIV is currently reviewing existing federal requirements as well as pregnancy accommodation statutes in 19 other states and the District of Columbia that have enacted laws on this subject to identify the extent of redundancy to current laws, potential unintended or unreasonable consequences, and possible alternative approaches.
AIV strongly encourages members, especially those with legal or relevant human resource experience and perspectives, to contact us as above with input for testimony and otherwise engaging on this issue.
Future posts will provide updated analysis and other information as warranted.