Arizona Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41–1463 et seq.).
Discrimination based on sex generally includes maternity and pregnancy.
The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees.
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On February 4, 2021, Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona House Bill 2045 (AZ HB 2045). Effective August 27, 2021, the new law amends the Arizona Civil Rights Act to specifically prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions. The law also establishes that women who are affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions should be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefits programs.
State employees. Under state Personnel Administration Rules, state employees are granted sick leave for pregnancy-related conditions or to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious illness (AZ Admin. Code Sec. R2-5A-B603).
State law provides that a mother is entitled to nurse in any area of a public place or a place of public accommodation where the mother is otherwise lawfully present (AZ Code Sec. 41-1443).
The statute doesn't specifically mention employers; however, it can be construed to include places of employment, given the expansive nature of the law’s language.
In order to accommodate breastfeeding, employers may wish to set aside a quiet, private area and/or establish protocol or policies for employees who wish to breastfeed.
In addition to the information provided above, further discussion of federal and state laws that may provide related rights and ...

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