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SC passes Pregnancy Accommodations Act

Wednesday, May 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Montgomery
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Governor Henry McMaster has signed one of the most significant new pieces of state legislation impacting employers in recent years. The  South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act will, among other things, require employers to notify employees of their right to be free from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Critically, this new notice requirement goes into effect immediately as to all new employees, and must be satisfied no later than September 14, 2018, for all existing employees. 


The Act amends the South Carolina Human Affairs Law. In passing the legislation, the General Assembly stated:


It is the intent of the General Assembly by this act to combat pregnancy discrimination, promote public health, and ensure full and equal participation for women in the labor force by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Current workplace laws are inadequate to protect pregnant women from being forced out or fired when they need a simple, reasonable accommodation in order to stay on the job. Many pregnant women are single mothers or the primary breadwinners for their families; if they lose their jobs then the whole family will suffer. This is not an outcome that families can afford in today’s difficult economy.


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