Friday, September 25, 2015

Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in Washington, DC

The Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 (PPW) requires District of Columbia employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for employees whose ability to perform job duties is limited because of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or a related medical condition. Individuals who believe they were denied a reasonable accommodation or treated unfairly in violation of PPW will be able to file a complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR). If a violation is found, employers may be required to provide monetary or other relief to the employee. Typical reasonable accommodations can include but are not limited to:
  • More frequent or longer breaks;
  • Time off to recover from childbirth;
  • Temporarily transferring the employee to a less strenuous or hazardous position;
  • Purchasing or modifying work equipment, such as chairs;
  • Temporarily restructuring the employee’s position to provide light duty or a modified work schedule;
  • Permitting the employee to refrain from heavy lifting;
  • Relocating the employee’s work area; or
  • Providing private (non-bathroom) space for expressing breast milk.
Complaints can be filed with the Office of Human Rights (OHR) or the Department of Employment Services (DOES). OHR will perform the initial mediation and investigation, and administrative law judges at the Department of Employment Services will make a final determination.

All District employers must post and maintain a PPW workplace poster in a conspicuous place, and provide an employee notice of the law within 10 days of an employee notifying them of their pregnancy or other condition addressed in the Act.

National Safety Compliance Inc has updated its Washington DC Labor Law Poster with this mandatory required posting as of July 2015.  You may contact NSCI at 1-877-922-7233 to obtain a complete state labor law poster laminated.