August 07, 2023

EEOC Publishes Proposed PWFA Rule and Seeks Your Comments

On August 11th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published an 81-page proposed rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA requires covered employers, generally those with 15 or more employees, to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified employee’s or applicant’s known limitation related to, affected by, or arising out of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause an undue hardship on the operation of the business of the covered entity.

The EEOC seeks comments on at least 29 directed questions covering 13 Sections of the proposed rule. The deadline for submitting comments is October 10th. As drafted, the rule provides greater rights for individuals impacted by pregnancy than those with disabilities or men with comparable, short-term medical conditions.

On Wednesday, September 13th, FiveL Company is hosting a FREE 1.5 hour webcast. The program will review some of the key highlights of the proposed rule and help HR professionals, business owners, and managers draft talking points to respond to the EEOC’s questions and help shape this important public policy issue. The program is pre-approved by SHRM for 1.5 credits and HRCI for 1.5 business credits. Click here for the program agenda and to register.