On June 1, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 16-1438 which amends Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) to require employers to provide applicants and employees with reasonable accommodations for health conditions related to pregnancy or physical recovery from childbirth. The new law will become effective August 10, 2016 and requires employers to engage in a timely, good-faith and interactive process to evaluate whether reasonable accommodations can enable an applicant or employee to perform the essential functions of a job absent undue hardship. Employers also must comply with new posting and notice requirements.
With the passing of this law, Colorado joins a growing list of state and local jurisdictions that have passed legislation that provides pregnant applicants and employees with greater rights than provided under the patchwork of relevant federal laws, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), ADA, FMLA, and accommodations for nursing mothers.
To help employers meet their obligations, this webinar reviews the various requirements of Colorado’s new pregnancy accommodation law as well as best practices to help employers navigate the complex interplay between federal and state requirements related to pregnant employees.