New Pregnancy Protections and Required Accommodations Impacting All Illinois Employers - Chamber Conversation

September 19, 2014
Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, Elgin, IL


Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a chamber conversation on HB8

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Illinois Employers of all sizes and industries, must understand the new HB8 amendment and their required obligations under it! It will completely reshape how all employers function in Illinois. Hosted by the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, this Chamber Conversation will be led by Michael D. Wong on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am in Elgin, IL. House Bill 8, pushed through the Illinois Legislature and ready to be signed into law by Governor Quinn, amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to prohibit pregnancy discrimination by employers of all sizes. Additionally, it requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to employees based on conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The new amendment will create a legal quagmire for Illinois employers. Employers currently must balance the rights of employees under the current Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA). The amendment’s “reasonable accommodations” requirement provides broader issues and responsibilities on employers that current laws do not provide to other protected groups. No other state has as extensive statute addressing pregnancy discrimination as proposed in HB 8.