New Pregnancy Protections Regulations in the Workplace for 2024! How Should Employers Comply?

Posted by: kevensteinberg
Category: Employment Law
Pregnant person sitting at desk in the workplace

On April 15, 2024, the EEOC issued its final regulation and interpretive guidance (“PWFA Regulations”) for the enforcement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), a law that took effect in June 2023. The PWFA supplements existing federal anti-discrimination law by requiring covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees or applicants with known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions absent an undue hardship on the employer. The final regulation will go into effect on June 18, 2024.

This rule provides additional protection for nearly 2.8 million pregnant workers each year, especially Black women and other women of color who are more likely to work during their pregnancy and live in states without pregnancy accommodation laws.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee needs to express the milk. Employees are entitled to a place to pump at work, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.

Author: kevensteinberg