Newly-Issued Guidance Helps Define Employers' Obligations to Pregnant Employees in New York City

May 19, 2016

By: Kimberly Klein

Making clear that pregnant employees should “never have to choose between their jobs and having a family” and acknowledging that “[w]omen increasingly serve as the primary breadwinners for their families,” the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) has issued a guidance to help City employers better understand their obligations to pregnant employees (the “Guidance”). The Guidance interprets the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”), which went into effect in January 2014. The law and guidance apply to employers with four or more employees in the five boroughs.

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