Federal Breastfeeding Accommodation Law: Break Time for Nursing Mothers
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was amended in 2010 to require employers to provide reasonable break time for employees to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
The break time requirement became effective when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
Important Links from U.S. Department of Labor
- Break Time for Nursing Mothers Overview
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fact Sheet on Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 is an amendment to Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex driscrimination under Title VII. Women afftected by pregnancy or related conditions - including lactation - must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work.
- Policy Guidance Related to Pregnancy Discrimination (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)