House File 124 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations
2to employees based on pregnancy or childbirth and making
3penalties applicable.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 216.6, subsection 2, Code 2021, is
2amended by adding the following new paragraph:
3   NEW PARAGRAPH.  f.  (1)  An employer shall provide reasonable
4accommodations to an employee based on medical conditions
5related to the employee’s pregnancy or childbirth if the
6employee so requests with the advice of the employee’s health
7care provider.
   8(2)  For purposes of this paragraph “f”, “reasonable
9accommodations”
means actions which would permit an employee
10with a medical condition relating to the employee’s pregnancy
11or childbirth to perform in a reasonable manner the activities
12involved in the employee’s specific occupation and include but
13are not limited to the provision of an accessible worksite,
14acquisition or modification of equipment, job restructuring,
15and a modified work schedule. “Reasonable accommodations” does
16not mean any action that would impose an undue hardship on the
17business of the employer from whom the action is requested.
18EXPLANATION
19The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
20the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   21This bill requires an employer to provide reasonable
22accommodations to an employee based on medical conditions
23related to the employee’s pregnancy or childbirth if the
24employee requests reasonable accommodations with the advice
25of the employee’s health care provider. Penalty provisions
26for discriminatory employment practices are made applicable
27to a failure to provide such reasonable accommodations to an
28employee.
   29The bill defines “reasonable accommodations” as actions
30which would permit an employee with a medical condition
31relating to the employee’s pregnancy or childbirth to
32perform in a reasonable manner the activities involved in
33the employee’s specific occupation and include but are not
34limited to the provision of an accessible worksite, acquisition
35or modification of equipment, job restructuring, and a
-1-1modified work schedule. The bill provides that “reasonable
2accommodations” does not mean any action that would impose an
3undue hardship on the business of the employer from whom the
4action is requested.
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