On June 27, 2023, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) went into effect. The PWFA is a federal law that requires covered employers (public or private sector employers employing at least 15 employees) to provide a reasonable accommodation to employees and applicants who are pregnant, or have limitations related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law does not replace existing federal, state, or local laws which are more protective of workers affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.
A report by a Congressional House Committee provides examples of what may be a reasonable accommodation, including but not limited to:
Under the PWFA, a covered employer may not:
The PWFA clarifies and expands the protections for pregnant workers and workers with related medical conditions, expanding upon the framework of Title VII and the ADA to ensure pregnant workers are granted a reasonable accommodation.
If you have any questions about the PWFA or other human resources issues, please contact HR Partners at 785-233-7860.