Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) will go into effect the last week of June 2023, requiring covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship. Covered employers include private and public sector employers with at least 15 employees, Congress, Federal agencies, employment agencies, and labor organizations.

Examples of possible reasonable accommodations include the ability to sit or drink water; receive closer parking; have flexible hours; receive appropriately sized uniforms and safety apparel; receive additional break time to use the bathroom, eat, and rest; take leave or time off to recover from childbirth; and be excused from strenuous activities and/or activities that involve exposure to compounds not safe for pregnancy.

Click here for more information on the PWFA from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including a downloadable poster and infographic.