Jason Habinsky in XpertHR: Supreme Court's New Term Filled with Cases Affecting Employers

10/08/2014

The US Supreme Court's new term begins today and includes a number of cases with significant employment law implications. The top workplace issues the justices have decided to hear thus far relate to pregnancy accommodations, religious discrimination, administrative review and wage and hour issues. The Court is likely to add more disputes to its schedule that may be of interest to HR...

Pregnancy Accommodations

The Court will hear the pregnancy discrimination case of Young v. United Parcel Service on December 3. At issue is whether an employer that provides light-duty accommodations to non-pregnant workers must also do so for pregnant employees. 

The woman who brought the case was a part-time UPS driver who asked for light-duty work during her pregnancy after being advised to avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. UPS denied the request...

Addressing this development, New York employment attorney Jason Habinsky of Haynes and Boone, LLP said, "It makes perfect sense for employers to take whatever steps they can to reasonably accommodate pregnant women in the workplace, certainly for the time being, until we hear what the Supreme Court says."

Excerpted from Xpert HR, October 8, 2014. To view full article, click here.

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