Washington’s new pregnancy accommodation law went into effect this week.

Washington’s new pregnancy accommodation law went into effect this week. https://wahospitality.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/belly.png

In June, the Washington Legislature passed the Healthy Starts Act, changing pregnancy accommodations for women in Washington workplaces. The law which went into effect on July 23, 2017, applies to businesses with 15 or more employees. Washington joins 18 other states, the District of Columbia and four cities, with a law requiring accommodations for pregnant workers.

In accordance with the new law, employers should consider what provisions they have for pregnant women in the workplace and provide the following accommodations for a pregnant employee:

  1. Provide longer, more frequent or flexible restroom breaks.
  2. Modify any no-food or no-drink policy.
  3. Provide seating or allow the employee to sit more frequently; and
  4. Limit lifting to 17 pounds or less.

In addition, a pregnant employee may have rights to other workplace accommodation(s), as long as there is no significant difficulty or expense to the employer. These are:

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