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Legislative lowdown: PWFA rule takes effect after federal judge dismisses lawsuit, but some employers granted injunction

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A rule for implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) took effect on June 18 after a federal judge in Arkansas dismissed a lawsuit challenging it. Some Catholic organizations and employers in Louisiana and Mississippi, however, were temporarily exempt from complying due to a separate federal ruling.

Why state AGs challenged the rule. The PWFA, which took effect last year, requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide “reasonable accommodations” to workers who are pregnant, have given birth, or are experiencing a related medical condition. The rule, issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), states that abortion is a

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