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What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy

Navigating the California laws on discrimination and accommodation of pregnant employees is a significant challenge for retail employers. The Golden State’s protections for pregnant employees are many and they differ from those of federal law and of other states.

California Corner: California's Strict Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations Expand Employer Obligations and Increase Potential Claims

California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing has amended the Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) regulations to significantly expand the leave rights of eligible employees. The new regulations significantly broaden the definition of "disabled by pregnancy," make "perceived pregnancy" a basis for discrimination, redefine length of leave, expand the accommodation and reinstatement rights, and establish new notice requirements.