On June 22, Tennessee Governor Lee signed into law Senate Bill 2520, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The law, effective October 1, 2020, requires that Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees make reasonable accommodations for employees with medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Among other accommodations, this includes:
- Providing more frequent, longer, or flexible breaks
- Providing job restructuring or light duty, if available
- Modifying work schedules
- Allowing flexible scheduling for prenatal visits
Additionally, an employer cannot take adverse action against an employee for requesting or using a reasonable accommodation for medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions.
An employer can request that an employee with a medical need relating to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions provide certification from a healthcare professional if the employee is requesting a reasonable accommodation related to temporary transfer to a vacant position, job restructuring, light duty, or accommodations that require time away from work.
During the time period in which an employee is making good faith efforts to obtain certification, an employer must begin engaging in a good faith interactive process with the employee to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided absent undue hardship.
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