South Carolina Enacts Lactation Support Act

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed into law the South Carolina Lactation Support Act, requiring employers to provide employees reasonable unpaid break time, or paid break time or mealtime, each day to express breast milk.

Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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The “Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” (Senate Bill 2520) requires every employer with at least 15 employees to make a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s or prospective employee’s medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless such accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

Puerto Rico Senate Passes Reasonable Accommodation Bill for Certain Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Puerto Rico Senate has approved unanimously Senate Bill No. 1577 (SB 1577), which seeks to amend Section 9 of Puerto Rico Act No. 44 of July 2, 1985, known as the “Law Prohibiting Discrimination Against Disabled Persons,” to expand its protection and confer certain type of employees the right to a reasonable accommodation in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Class Action Suit Claims ADA Requires Public Accommodation to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 at Facility

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Despite significant legal obstacles, on May 4, 2020, a group of plaintiffs filed a class action complaint alleging the Queens Adult Care Center (QACC) violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title III) and its precursor, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), by failing to provide a level of care to safeguard their health and safety at its assisted living facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disability in the Workplace: The ADA

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ADA Requires Training, Process, Documentation By Marjory Robertson, JD AVP, Senior Counsel Sun Life Financial By Abigail O’Connell, JD Senior Counsel Sun Life Financial Employers risk litigation under the Americans … Read More

Compliance Memos: March 2019

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Immediate Accommodation Not Required: 6th Circuit In Brumley v. United Parcel Service, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held that an “employer’s refusal to provide an accommodation to the … Read More

Compliance Memos: November 2018

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FMLA Leave for Chronic Conditions Requires Ongoing Care Employers often assume an employee is receiving medical care and seldom review the frequency of physician visits when granting Family and Medical … Read More

Absence Matters: Managing an Aging Workforce

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Insightful Strategies for Managing and Accommodating an Aging Workforce By Bryon Bass SVP, Disability and Absence Practice & Compliance Sedgwick Advances in public health and medicine are enabling Americans to … Read More