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Laura Worsinger Authors Article for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Sheds Light on New Workplace Regulations that Govern Pregnancy in the Workplace

May 8, 2014

Laura Worsinger, an attorney in Dykema’s Labor & Employment Practice Group resident in the Firm’s Los Angeles office, wrote an article—“What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting: New Regulations for Dealing with Pregnancy in the Workplace”—that appears in the May 2014 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a monthly publication distributed to more than 30,000 top-tier executives (chief legal officers, general counsel) in the law departments of major U.S. companies.

In the article, Worsinger provides helpful guidance—for employers and co-workers alike—so that interactions with colleagues who are pregnant are not only in compliance with employment law but represent appropriate workplace behavior.

Among the tips Worsinger shares:

  • Never use idioms or vernacular—even if commonly heard or used by others—to describe the pregnant worker’s condition
  • Don’t make assumptions about what she is able (or unable) to do
  • Don’t transfer her job duties or require her to take leave
  • Treat every new baby the same:  don’t show preference or discrimination
  • Understand employers’ “reasonable accommodation obligations” and employees’ “reinstatement rights”

To read this article in its entirety, click here.