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New York City Commission on Human Rights Releases New York City Human Rights Law Pregnancy and Employment Rights Poster

As reported last month, effective January 30, 2014, the New York City Human Rights Law will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. The City Council included in that new law a requirement that employers notify new and existing employees of this new right via a written notice — the form and manner of distribution of which the City Commission of Human Rights would determine. The law also encouraged (but did not require) employers to post that notice conspicuously in an area accessible to employees. Now the Commission is out with its new Pregnancy and Employment Rights Poster, which is available here in English and in several other languages.

While the Commission has identified it as a “poster,” employers, to be safe and until told otherwise, should treat it as the “notice” referenced in the law, and distribute it to their new employees (starting on January 30, 2014) and existing employees (by no later than May 30, 2014), and hang them, if so desired, in their workplaces. It’s also a wonderful time, given that it’s nearing year-end, to update your handbooks accordingly.

The law is silent as to the method of distribution and the Commission has not sought to fill in this legislative gap, but regardless of whether you choose the hard copy or electronic distribution method, we strongly recommend that you obtain written employee acknowledgments of receipt.

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Michael S. Arnold, Mintz Levin Law Firm, Labor Law Attorney
Member / Chair, Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice

Michael Arnold is Chair of the firm's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice.  He is an employment lawyer who deftly handles a wide array of matters. His capabilities include counseling on everyday HR life cycle issues, defending management and senior executives in connection with employment-related proceedings, and assisting companies navigate the complex employment issues that arise in transactions.  Michael’s clients appreciate his strong emphasis on providing not just legal advice, but also practical advice, that aligns with organizational and HR strategies while...