New Pregnancy Regulations on California’s Fair Employment & Housing Website

The Fair Employment & Housing Commission’s new pregnancy regulations have been approved. The regulations become effective on December 30, 2012. Read the regulations here. The California Employment Lawyers Association issued a press release detailing the regulations. It also posted this blurb on its Facebook page:

Specifically, these regulations:
* clarify that employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women;
* explain that employers must continue health benefits during pregnancy leave;

* clarify that it is unlawful for an employer to require a pregnant woman to take a leave of absence when she has not requested leave;
* explain that employers must provide lactation accommodations to nursing mothers;
* list examples of conditions that entitle a woman to take up to four months of job-protected pregnancy disability leave, including gestational diabetes, loss or end of pregnancy, and post-partum depression; and
* describe an employer’s obligation to grant extended leave beyond 4 months if an employee has a qualifying disability under the FEHA.


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