On January 30, 2014, an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law took effect, increasing the protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. For more on this law, see our article on this topic in our January 2014 newsletter. Another deadline in connection with this amendment is quickly approaching.
Under the new law, employers are required to provide written notice to existing employees by May 30, 2014, detailing their rights to be free from pregnancy discrimination and to request reasonable accommodations due to pregnancy. New employees should receive the notice at the time of hire.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights has published the Pregnancy and Employee Rights Notice to satisfy this requirement in seven languages. The law encourages, but does not require, employers to post the Notice in the workplace.