June 14, 2019 1:46pm
Kentucky’s new pregnant workers law – what employers need to know
Kentucky’s new pregnant workers law is set to go into effect on June 27. GLI worked diligently in the 2019 regular session in Frankfort to pass this important legislation, which provides clarity for employers and employees alike and will help support women in Kentucky’s workforce.
With GLI’s support, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington), passed the Senate 25-7 and the House 87-5. The bill adds much-needed clarity to state statute on the obligations of employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. Reasonable accommodations include things such as appropriate seating, modified schedules, or temporary position changes. The law only applies to employers with 15 or more employees within Kentucky and contains provisions ensuring that businesses do not endure an undue hardship in providing accommodations.
With one of the lowest female workforce participation rates in the nation, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act can help support working women while also providing valuable guidance for employers.
The law is set to go into effect on June 27. By that time, employers will need to post notice of the law (see the poster below) and begin notifying new hires. Employers will need to notify current employees of the new law by July 27.