PREGNANCY ACCOMMODATION IN CALIFORNIA
New, Simpler Certification Form for Disability Leave, Transfer and Other Reasonable Accommodation
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)requires employers with five or more on payroll to provide pregnancy disability leave, transfer and/or other reasonable accommodation due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. A woman is "disabled by pregnancy" if her health care provider determines: (i) she is unable because of pregnancy to perform any one or more of her job's essential functions without undue risk to herself, her baby, or others; or (ii) she is suffering from severe morning sickness or needs time off for prenatal or postnatal care, bed rest, gestational diabetes, or other pregnancy-related physical conditions.
Employers may requirewritten medical certification as a condition of granting reasonable accommodation, job transfer or pregnancy disability leave. If so required, the pregnant employee must be given at least 15 calendar days to submit the medical certification.
If the employee failsto give her employer reasonable advance notice (other than in emergency situations) or does not provide written medical certification when required, then the employer may be justified in delaying the reasonable accommodation, transfer, or pregnancy disability leave.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)recently reformatted and simplified its Certification of Health Care Provider form, which employers may download and issue to pregnant employees in these circumstances.
Additional resources:* Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnancy Employee.
* PDL, CFRA and FMLA Requirements and Obligations.
See also:* New California Pregnancy Disability Leave Poster Requirements (March, 2016)
* Pregnancy and Disability (April, 2014)
* Pregnancy Disability Leave (February, 2011)
For further assistance,please contact one of our attorneys Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.
Cindy BamforthNovember 15, 2018
Additional resources provided by the author
- disabled by pregnancy
- Certification of Health Care Provider
- Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnancy Employee.
- PDL, CFRA and FMLA Requirements and Obligations.
- New California Pregnancy Disability Leave Poster Requirements (March, 2016)
- Pregnancy and Disability (April, 2014)
- Pregnancy Disability Leave (February, 2011)
- Tim Bowles
- Cindy Bamforth
- Helena Kobrin