NYC Employers Now Required to Notify of Pregnancy Rights

Written by Daniel W. Morris

Last year, New York City amended its Human Rights Law to require most New York City employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers. The amended law also requires covered employers to give all newly hired workers written information about their rights under the law beginning on January 30, 2014. The written information does not have to be provided to existing employees until May 30, 2014. The law applies to all New York City businesses with four or more employees or independent contractors. Employers can fulfil their obligation to provide a written by giving the employee a copy of the city's poster, which is available in seven languages.

Under the amended law, an employer may have to accommodate pregnant employees by providing bathroom breaks, breaks to facilitate increased water intake, periodic rest for those who stand for long periods, assistance with manual labor, and leave for a period of disability arising from childbirth.

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Daniel W. Morris
Daniel W. Morris serves as Partner at Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP. He focuses his practice on employment litigation in...
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