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Telebriefs®: EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding the Protection and Accommodation of Pregnant Employees

pregnancy at workIn June, the EEOC issued documents to provide guidance related to the rights of pregnant employees in the workforce. In one of the documents, the EEOC provides in some detail examples of accommodations that pregnant workers may be entitled to such as reduced schedules and work adjustments. In another guidance document, the EEOC outlines the federal rights of pregnant employees. The document states, “If you are pregnant, have been pregnant, or may become pregnant, and if your employer has 15 or more employees, you are protected against pregnancy-based discrimination and harassment at work under federal law.  You may also have a legal right to work adjustments that will allow you to do your job without jeopardizing your health.” The guidance document proceeds to answer seven relevant questions including, “If my employer knows that I am pregnant or may become pregnant, could I get fired?” and, “What if I can’t work at all because of my pregnancy?” To learn the answers to these questions and more, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.


Also in this week’s Labor & Employment Telebrief: the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act’s effects on nondisclosure agreements, the DOL’s Persuader Rule’s impact on unionized businesses, how to properly classify independent contractors, and class action law suits against employers resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime damages.





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Howard Kurman websiteHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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