CHRO Issues New Guidance on CT Workplace Accommodations for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Related Conditions
On April 23, 2019, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities issued a Best Practices Blue Paper offering guidance to employers on how to deal with accommodation requests related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. The full text of the guidance is available here.
Further, the guidance reiterates that employers are required to engage in a good faith interactive process with an employee requesting an accommodation or leave and whenever the employer has a reasonable basis to believe an employee may need an accommodation. The guidance lays out the basic stages of the process—starting the process, engaging in the good faith interactive process, and concluding the process—and lists helpful examples of what the process should look like when put into practice. The CHRO highlights the importance of communicating during the process and documenting the results in writing at the end of the process.
If you have any questions about how this new guidance may affect your employment practices, please contact Mary Gambardella or Larry Peikes.