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Webinar: Pregnancy Discrimination

Start:
March 10, 2016 10:30 am
End:
March 10, 2016 12:00 pm
Cost:
110/129/159
Organizer:
Laurie Silvey
Phone:
217-522-5512
Email:
lsilvey@ilchamber.org
Venue:
online

Taught by attorney Jamie Kauther Register
| SmithAmundsen LLC

Effective January 1, 2015, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to add to the list of employment discrimination, an employer’s failure to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee based on conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The new amendment has yet to be clearly explained by either human rights agencies or the courts. Thus, it still serves to create a legal quagmire for Illinois employers. Employers currently must balance the rights of employees under the current IHRA, ADA, FMLA, PDA and the IWCA. The amendment’s “reasonable accommodations” requirement provides broader issues and responsibilities on employers that current laws do not provide to other protected groups. The impact of these changes, if not properly followed, could be devastating to employers.

The new law allows the employee, probationary employee and job applicants to pick the accommodation and employer must accommodate unless the request creates an “undue hardship”. The new law’s definition of “pregnancy” is expansive. Could it include infertility? Could it include certain activities related to ovulation?

No other state has as extensive statute as contained in this amendment. Illinois Employers OF ALL SIZES and industries need to understand and properly protect against liability that can arise under this new amendment! It will continue to reshape how all employers function in Illinois. This webinar will provide essential information that ALL Employers in Illinois need to be in compliance with this amendment.

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