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Unionization Tactics in the Carolinas

The Carolinas remain the least unionized region in the United States. New jobs continue coming to the area’s employee-friendly environment. By contrast, unions are struggling to retain current members and to recruit new ones. Their fight for survival and relevance in today’s economy has fueled new tactics, as shown by recent union activity in the Carolinas.

South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act

Executive Summary: Effective May 17, 2018, a new South Carolina law, the Pregnancy Accommodations Act, expanded existing state law protections for pregnant employees. Most notably, the new law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for “medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions,” including lactation and the need to express breast milk.

APRNs Not Allowed to Practice Independently per Recent Changes in the Nurse Practice Act

Governor McMaster signed S. 345 (Act No. 234 of 2018) into law on Friday May 18th amending the Nurse Practice Act and expanding the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists (APRNs) — there are no changes relating to physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

South Carolina Delivers New Pregnancy Accommodations Law

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster recently signed the Pregnancy Accommodations Act into effect, ushering in one of the most significant pieces of workplace legislation in recent history. The new law has the stated purpose of combatting pregnancy discrimination, promoting public health, and ensuring full and equal participation in the workforce by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.

New South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act Requires Action by Employers

South Carolina has a new law protecting pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace. Effective May 17, 2018, the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act amended the South Carolina Human Affairs Law (S.C. Code Ann. §§ 1-13-10, et seq.), to provide additional protections for pregnant workers and additional requirements for employers. Although many of the requirements in the Pregnancy Accommodations Act already exist in federal anti-discrimination laws, specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Accommodations Act provides specific examples of reasonable accommodations for pregnant women and requires that covered employers provide certain written notice to employees.

South Carolina Enacts New Pregnancy Accommodation Requirements

The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act amends the South Carolina Human Affairs Law to require employers with at least 15 employees to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or other related medical conditions (including lactation), unless the employer can demonstrate the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business.

South Carolina Enacts Pregnancy Accommodation Law

South Carolina has passed a law requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act amends the state's Human Affairs Act definitions of "on the basis of sex" to extend its protections to pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, including lactation.

South Carolina Passes New Pregnancy Accommodations Act

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed one of the most significant new pieces of state legislation impacting employers in recent years. The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act (HB 3865) will, among other things, require employers to notify employees of their right to be free from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Critically, this new notice requirement goes into effect immediately as to all new employees, and must be satisfied no later than September 14, 2018, for all existing employees.

The Latest Pregnancy Accommodation Requirements for South Carolina Employers

On May 17, 2018, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act into law. The Act, which amends the South Carolina Human Affairs Law, is effective immediately and closely tracks many protections already provided by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act. However, the Act has some new and expanded requirements for South Carolina employers.

Does South Carolina Recognize an Evidentiary Privilege for Trade Secrets?

Answer: South Carolina recognizes a qualified privilege for trade secrets.