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New SC law latest to ensure pregnant women won’t face discrimination in the workplace

August 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Young pregnant woman at work with her associates. South Carolina just became the 22nd state to enact a law to protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace.

By Mark A. Stevens
Chief Marketing Officer

A new South Carolina law will prohibit any Palmetto State business with at least one employee on payroll from discriminating against employees with medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Following the enactment of the S.C. Pregnancy Accommodations Act, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has updated its Employment Discrimination notice. The notice reflects a new protected category for employees. HR departments should make sure proper signage is posted in common areas about the new law.

Jillian Sanchez, operations director for Strovis Payroll & HR, said state posting requirements for the new law went into effect on Aug. 1.

“To show compliance with this recent change,” Sanchez said, “all businesses in South Carolina with at least one employee on payroll must display this updated posting in their locations.”

Clients of Strovis Payroll & HR are able to receive routine updates when state laws require compliance.

“We are here to make sure our clients stay informed,” Sanchez said. “Clients who participate in our ‘Poster Compliance Program’ automatically receive notices about changes in state law that require postings. It’s one of the many benefits of engaging Strovis for all your payroll and HR needs. We help you stay up-to-date on changes in state employment laws.”

Lawmakers have been working to bring the law to fruition for some time in South Carolina, which made history as the first Southern state to pass a law specifically to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers, state Rep. Beth Bernstein wrote in an op-ed published in The State newspaper.

“Businesses will share in the benefits, too. Many accommodations cost little or nothing to employers: allowing more frequent bathroom or food breaks, permitting coworkers to assist with heavy lifting, providing a stool to sit on rather than standing for hours at a time. Such practices reduce workforce turnover, increase employee satisfaction and productivity and save money on workers’ compensation and related costs. By giving women the flexibility to work while they are pregnant or breastfeeding, we are encouraging their continued contribution to the economy while safeguarding a workplace environment that values their well-being.”

South Carolina is the 22nd state, as well as Washington, D.C., to adopt a law to enhance pregnancy accommodations.

For more information about Strovis payroll and HR services, go to www.strovispayroll.com. You can get a quote and/or schedule a demo here: StrovisQuote.

Since 1998, Strovis has been a leader in payroll and HR services. Based in historic Georgetown, South Carolina, the company has served clients in 32 states and also operates two other divisions: Strovis Benefits and Strovis Insurance, an independent agency providing both personal and commercial insurance needs.

For more information about Strovis, call 1-888-220-9684. Watch a testimonial video here: Strovis Video.

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