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Webinar: Pregnancy Protections Webinar

March 26, 2015 10:30 am
March 26, 2015 12:00 pm
Laurie Silvey

Taught by attorney Jill Cheskes of SmithAmundsen LLC Register

Last year, 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 will 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 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 the new amendment! It will completely reshape how all employers function in Illinois. This 90-minute webinar will be taught by, Jill Cheskes, Partner at SmithAmundsen, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois.

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