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Indiana Enacts Pregnancy Accommodations Law

Anew Indiana statute sets out the process for pregnant workers to seek a reasonable accommodation from their employers. The new law applies to employers with at least 15 employees. It goes into effect on July 1.

Pregnant workers may already qualify for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, which applies to employers with at least 15 employees.

The new law provides that an employee may request, in writing, an accommodation related to pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical conditions. The employer must respond to the employee’s request within a reasonable amount of time. Under the new law, however, the employer is not required to provide an accommodation. Existing federal or state law may require that an accommodation be provided.

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