The groundbreaking new Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act

On January 1, the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act became law and significantly expanded Illinois employers’ duty to accommodate.

Prior to IPAA, pregnant employees were caught in a legal abyss; if their pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition did not rise to the level of a “disability” or “impairment” requiring an accommodation under the ADA, and if the employee was not eligible for leave under the FMLA, her options for accommodations were slim to none.

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