By Courtney Samford

As we recently reported, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act (the “Act”) takes effect on June 27, 2019. The Act, which applies to Kentucky employers with more than 15 employees, requires reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to, the need to express breast milk, for employees with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, unless it would pose an undue hardship on the employer.

The Act also contains specific notice requirements. Employers must do two things by June 27, 2019: (1) start providing written notice to all new employees of their rights under the Act at the start of their employment; and (2) conspicuously post written notice of employee rights in the workplace.  The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has updated its Equal Opportunity poster to comply with both of these requirements and may be accessed at:  https://kchr.ky.gov/reports/Pages/posters.aspx.

By July 27, 2019, employers must provide similar written notice to all existing employees of their rights under the Act.