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NYC Issues Required Pregnancy Rights Notice

Last month, we reported on the new obligations for New York City employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition.  The new law goes into effect January 30, 2014, and applies to employers with four or more employees.  (As with other provisions of New York City’s nondiscrimination law, independent contractors count toward the number of employees if they are natural persons and are not employers themselves.)  Covered employers must provide a written notice of these new rules to all new hires starting January 30, 2014.  All existing employees must receive the notice by May 30, 2014.  The notice is available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/cchr/html/publications/pregnancy-employment-poster.shtml.  The law does not require the notice to be posted – only that each employee receive a copy.

Brody and Associates regularly advises management on complying with local, state, and federal employment laws including discrimination laws.  If we can be of assistance in this area, please contact us at info@brodyandassociates.com or 203.965.0560.