House Study Bill 603 - Introduced HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON KAUFMANN) A BILL FOR An Act requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations 1 to employees based on pregnancy or childbirth and making 2 penalties applicable. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5450YC (1) 89 cm/rn
H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 216.6, subsection 2, Code 2022, is 1 amended by adding the following new paragraph: 2 NEW PARAGRAPH . f. (1) An employer shall provide reasonable 3 accommodations to an employee based on medical conditions 4 related to the employee’s pregnancy or childbirth if the 5 employee so requests with the advice of the employee’s health 6 care provider. 7 (2) For purposes of this lettered paragraph “f” , “reasonable 8 accommodations” means actions which would permit an employee 9 with a medical condition relating to the employee’s pregnancy 10 or childbirth to perform in a reasonable manner the activities 11 involved in the employee’s specific occupation and include but 12 are not limited to the provision of an accessible worksite, 13 acquisition or modification of equipment, job restructuring, 14 and a modified work schedule. “Reasonable accommodations” does 15 not mean any action that would impose an undue hardship on the 16 business of the employer from whom the action is requested. 17 EXPLANATION 18 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 19 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 20 This bill requires an employer to provide reasonable 21 accommodations to an employee based on medical conditions 22 related to the employee’s pregnancy or childbirth if the 23 employee requests reasonable accommodations with the advice 24 of the employee’s health care provider. Penalty provisions 25 for discriminatory employment practices are made applicable 26 to a failure to provide such reasonable accommodations to an 27 employee. 28 The bill defines “reasonable accommodations” as actions 29 which would permit an employee with a medical condition 30 relating to the employee’s pregnancy or childbirth to 31 perform in a reasonable manner the activities involved in 32 the employee’s specific occupation and include but are not 33 limited to the provision of an accessible worksite, acquisition 34 or modification of equipment, job restructuring, and a 35 -1- LSB 5450YC (1) 89 cm/rn 1/ 2
H.F. _____ modified work schedule. The bill provides that “reasonable 1 accommodations” does not mean any action that would impose an 2 undue hardship on the business of the employer from whom the 3 action is requested. 4 -2- LSB 5450YC (1) 89 cm/rn 2/ 2