May 19, 2015
On March 20, 2015, Gov. Herbert signed HB 105 into law. The new law applies to Utah employers with 15 or more employees, and modifies the Utah Antidiscrimination Act (UAA). As background, the UAA prohibits employment discrimination (including all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including benefits) on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions. HB 105 clarifies that “pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions” includes breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding. Thus, employers may not discriminate against employees based on breastfeeding or a related condition. While the new law does not require any new specific benefit coverage or offerings, employers should review their employment practices for individuals who may be pregnant or breastfeeding or who may be affected by a related medical condition. Since the law also implicates other laws, such as employment and labor law, employers should work with outside counsel in ensuring compliance. HB 105 took effect May 12, 2015.
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