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Notice for Colorado’s new pregnancy accommodation law available

by Besse H. McDonald

The Colorado Civil Rights Division has released a suggested notice for employers to post related to the state’s new pregnancy accommodation law. Under the law, Colorado employers must post a notice of employee rights as well as provide written notice to new hires at the start of employment and existing employees no later than December 8, 2016.

The new law, which went into effect on August 10, requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees for health conditions related to pregnancy or physical recovery from childbirth unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer. The new law’s requirements also include an obligation to engage in the interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations.

The state’s suggested notice is available in both English and Spanish. Employers can print the notice to post in a conspicuous place in an area accessible to employees, such as a break room or near employee entrances where other required employment law notices are posted. In addition to posting the notice, employers need to take steps to provide the notice to existing employees no later than December 8 and to all new hires going forward.

Besse H. McDonald is an attorney with Holland & Hart LLP in Denver, Colorado. She can be reached at bhmcdonald@hollandhart.com.