New York City Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Workers: New York City Employers Required to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Related Conditions as of January 30, 2014 and to Provide Written Notice to Employees by May 30, 2014Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - February 24, 2014
The New York City Council has passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law that requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and employees recovering from childbirth and also to provide written notice to employees. The amendment was signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and took effect on January 30, 2014. Employers of four or more employees—the law defines employee to encompass independent contractors who are not themselves employers—must provide reasonable accommodation when requested, such as bathroom breaks, periodic rest and assistance with manual labor, provided that it would not cause undue hardship to the employer. All covered employers must provide written notice of these rights to new employees at the start of their employment and to existing employees by May 30, 2014 (120 days after the law’s effective date).