Effective January 21, 2014, the NJLAD was expanded with regard to protections for women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. The amendment requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women who request them on the advice of a medical provider. Such accommodations may include bathroom breaks, periodic rest breaks, breaks for increased water intake, assistance with manual labor, and temporary transfers to less strenuous or hazardous work conditions. The law does not affect employees’ current leave rights, and these types of accommodations are not required if they would cause the employer undue hardship.
The amendment does not have a notice requirement separate from the NJLAD’s general notice requirement, which requires employers to display conspicuously the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights’ official poster in the workplace. That poster has not yet been updated to cover the pregnancy accommodations amendment.