New Pregnancy Accommodation Law for Vermont

In May of 2017, Vermont’s governor signed a new law, An Act Relating to Accommodations for Pregnant Employees, which goes into effect on January 1, 2018. The law includes a workplace posting requirement.

No pregnant pause here—details of this law are outlined below.

What Employers & Employees Need to Know

Under the law, an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s pregnancy-related condition—unless this would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

pregnancy-related condition is defined in the law as a limitation of an employee’s ability to perform the functions of a job due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

The law further states that an employee with a pregnancy-related condition, regardless of whether the employee is an individual with a disability, must have the same rights and be subject to the same standards related to a reasonable accommodation as a “qualified individual with a disability.”

According to the law, a qualified individual with a disability is someone who can perform the essential functions of their job with reasonable accommodation.

We Can Help You Stay in Compliance

While Vermont’s Department of Labor has not yet released the pregnancy accommodation notice, you can rest assured that our Research Department is on the case.

In the meantime, if you order our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan, you will automatically receive the updated Vermont poster as soon as it becomes available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the 12-month period, you will never have to worry about being in compliance!