Pregnant workers in Rhode Island are now protected from workplace discrimination in hiring, termination, job promotion, and benefits.[wc_divider style=”dotted” line=”single” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]
The State of Rhode Island expanded the protections granted by its Fair Employment Practices Act to include employees and job applicants with “conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions”.
The new posting informs employees and applicants of their right to request a reasonable accommodation for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and expressing breast milk.
Covered employers must “fill in the blanks” with the names of staff members who would process requests for reasonable accommodation and complaints of discrimination.
The new law is effective immediately.
WHAT IS THE RHODE ISLAND FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES ACT?
The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act protects workers and job applicants at companies of four or more employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, salary, terms and conditions, and termination based on:
- Sex (including pregnancy status and sexual harassment)
- Ancestral origin
- Age (40+)
- Sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression
RHODE ISLAND PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION POSTING REQUIREMENTS
The Rhode Island Pregnancy Discrimination notice is required for all employers with four or more employees covered by the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act. The posting must be:
- Displayed in a conspicuous location in each place of business and accessible to employees.
- Provided to new employees at onboarding.
- All employees by October 2015.
- Pregnant employees must be provided the notice no later than 10 days after notifying employers of pregnancy.
The new Rhode Island Pregnancy Discrimination notice is available as part of the GovDocs Rhode Island Labor Law Posting Compliance Package. Subscribers to GovDocs Labor Law News receive an additional 20% off their purchases when using coupon code BLOG20. The posting package includes all postings required by the State of Rhode Island for employers:
- Workers’ Compensation Act
- Notice To All Employees (Unemployment & Disability Insurance)
- State Minimum Wage Poster
- Parental & Family Medical Leave Act
- Ignoring This Poster Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (Right To Know)
- Sexual Harassment In Employment
- Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Related Conditions Discrimination