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Published on Friday, January 15, 2016

Reasonable accommodations for pregnant women

The House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee is considering two separate proposals requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women. Both HB 2307 and HB 2404 require employers to make accommodations, including longer or more flexible breaks, seating, and lifting limits, unless it would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

One of the major differences between the two proposals is the state agency designated to handle complaints. HB 2307 allows employees to file complaints with the Washington State Human Rights Commission. HB 2404 designates the Department of Labor & Industries as responsible for handling complaints.

AWC does not have significant concerns with the proposals but will continue to monitor their progress in the Legislature.

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