Maine has enacted legislation (Legislative Document 666) that will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related conditions, unless it would impose an undue hardship on the business. Legislative Document 666 takes effect September 19, 2019.
Under the law, a pregnancy-related condition is defined as a known limitation of an employee’s ability to perform the functions of a job due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including lactation.
Reasonable accommodations for a pregnancy-related condition may include, but are not limited to providing:
· More frequent or longer breaks;
· Temporary modification in work schedules;
· Seating or equipment;
· Temporary relief from lifting requirements;
· Temporary transfer to less strenuous or hazardous work; and
· Breaks and a space to express breast milk in accordance with state law.
Maine employers should review their policies, practices, and supervisor training to ensure compliance with Legislative Document 666.
Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.