Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must comply with the recently enacted Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act. The new law requires Maryland employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy. The law makes it unlawful for an employer to fail or refuse to make a reasonable accommodation for the known disability of an otherwise qualified employee unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship on the employer.
If a pregnant employee requests a reasonable accommodation, the Act requires that an employer explore certain reasonable accommodations with the employee, specifically including the following:
*Change the employee’s job duties;
*Change the employee’s work hours;
*Relocate the employee’s work area;
*Transfer the employee to a less strenuous or less hazardous position;
*Provide the employee with leave from his or her position.
The Act permits an employer to require its employees to provide a certification from a health care provider concerning the medical advisability of a reasonable accommodation.
The law also requires and employer to post – in a conspicuous location – a notice informing employees of the rights provided under the new law.
If you need additional information, we advise you contact your legal counsel to ensure compliance with this law.
For a copy of the Act, click here
Bob Zinsmeister, director of government affairs
ABC of Metro Washington