Kentucky Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Kentucky Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 344.040).
As a general rule, employers must treat pregnancy-related conditions the same as they treat other types of temporary disabilities for all employment-related purposes, including leave and other benefits.
The Act covers employers with eight or more employees (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 344.030).
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Additionally, effective June 27, 2019, Kentucky’s Pregnant Workers Act expands the state Civil Rights Act to require employers with 15 or more employees to also provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions.
Failure to make reasonable accommodations will be an unlawful employment practice under the Civil Rights Act. More information on accommodation requirements is provided below.
As discussed in the Discrimination section above, effective June 27, 2019, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. (2019 Senate Bill 18; KRS 344.030 et seq.).
Covered employers. The act applies to employers of 15 employees or more.
Covered conditions. The act requires accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. Related conditions include, but are not limited to, lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.
Reasonable accommodations. If an employee requests an accommodation, the employer and employee should engage in a timely, good-faith, interactive process to determine an effective reasonable accommodation.
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