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Prepare to comply: Final PWFA rules now in effect almost everywhere

Final rules implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act took effect June 18, with partial exceptions limited to employers in Louisiana and Mississippi, employers affiliated with the Catholic Church and state government agencies in Texas. That means almost all employers must now comply with the final PWFA rules.

Court rejects PWFA challenge, rules to take effect June 18

Final rules for enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act can take effect as scheduled on June 18, now that a federal court in Arkansas has rejected a lawsuit contesting abortion-related provisions of the law.

PWFA and the ADA: How accommodations may differ

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act entitles pregnant workers to reasonable accommodations before, during and after pregnancy. These can run the gamut from simple deviations from common workplace rules to granting leave so a new mother can recover from childbirth. PWFA accommodations potentially go far beyond what’s required under the ADA’s reasonable accommodations provisions.

17 states sue to block PWFA rule from taking effect

The lawsuit, filed April 25 by Tennessee’s attorney general in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Arkansas, asserts that the PWFA was enacted to ensure “pregnant women receive workplace accommodations to protect their pregnancies and unborn children.”

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act final regulations go into effect June 18

The EEOC has issued the long-awaited final regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The regs are scheduled to be published today in the Federal Register, and will become effective in 60 days, on June 18, 2024.

Who qualifies as ‘family’ for FMLA purposes? It could be anyone

The FMLA allows employees to take up to 12 unpaid weeks of job-protected leave when they’re needed to care for a close family member such as a child or parent. The eligibility criteria seem simple. Surely a child is one’s offspring and a parent is one’s biological or adoptive mom or dad. Using a Latin phrase—in loco parentis—the DOL says almost anyone can be a close family member under the right circumstances.

Think twice before firing an employee for FMLA abuse

An employee on FMLA leave for their own serious health condition can’t work for you. This doesn’t consign them to sitting at home until their leave is up, however. A federal trial court ruled that an employee on FMLA leave could have her day in court after she was fired for chaperoning her son’s senior trip to Jamaica.

Accommodating staff with anxiety disorders

The psychological condition known as anxiety disorder is characterized by feelings of worry or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. It comes in several varieties, including generalized anxiety disorder that has no specific focus and social anxiety disorder, which is triggered by social interactions.

Double-dip: Beware this new employee lawsuit tactic

The EEOC complaint process gives employers a chance to investigate allegations and resolve the problem if possible. It also allows the opportunity to see what evidence the employee has and seek a settlement if the facts warrant it. But some aggressive plaintiffs’ attorneys have adopted a new litigation tactic—simultaneously filing both an EEOC complaint and a separate federal lawsuit alleging other related claims.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act adds intermittent-leave challenges

The PWFA lets pregnant employees take a new, albeit informal, form of intermittent leave—and it doesn’t always require a health-care provider’s certification. The PWFA requires pregnancy-related conditions to be reasonably accommodated. Many such conditions mean employees may miss work with little or no notice.