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NEW LAW – Effective October 1, 2013

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ImageOn May 17th, governor Martin O’Malley signed into Maryland law the requirement that employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees  beyond those presently required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Pregnancy discrimination Act (PDA).

Under the Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act (effective October 1, 2013), absent under-due hardship, employers will be required to discuss all “possible requests of reasonable accommodation” with pregnant employees who request reasonable accommodation including:

  • Changing the employee’s job duties;
  • Changing the employee’s work hours;
  • relocating the employee’s work area;
  • providing mechanical or electrical aids;
  • transferring the employee to a less strenuous or hazardous position,
  • or providing leave.

Under the new requirement, employers will have to post a notice in a conspicuous location (suggestion – same places all other such workplace notices and posters are hung) and revise employee handbooks to include a section explaining a pregnant employee’s right to a reasonable accommodation under the new law.

 – Andria Lure Ryan

Although the new law will not take effect until October 1st, employers should plan for the new requirements by reviewing their policies, practices and employee handbooks  now.

If you need assistance ensuring compliance, feel free to give us a call at 301-298-5543.  We will be more than happy to assist you.

Author: Sheri M. Green

Mrs. Green is the Founder and CEO of Ame Management Group and has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Recruiting, Operational & Financial Management including 12 years in Chief of Staff and Director roles. She has extensive experience successfully managing departments of up to 35 people and implementing multi-layer projects on time and within budgets of over $30M. Sheri has Masters Certificate in Project Management and Organizational Development and is certified in Strategic Planning and Identifying Corporate Risk.

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