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Break Time for Nursing Mothers: 3 Facts to Know

Posted by B&F System Admin | Jun 08, 2015

By federal law, employers are required to provide break times for nursing mothers. In fact, this legal requirement has been in place since March 2010 (when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA, amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA). And if you aren't familiar with it, keep reading to learn more about some of the most important aspects of this federal law.

Break Time for Nursing Mothers: Here's What You Should Know

1 – Within the first year following birth, nursing mothers get breaks whenever needed to express milk.

In fact, the law specifically states that employers are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express break mile for her nursing child for 1 year after the child's birth each time such employees has need to express the milk.”

2 – Employers have to provide a private location for expressing milk.

A private place must be “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.”

While the law explains that this space doesn't have to be exclusively dedicated to nursing mothers, it must be made available to them whenever they have the need to express milk.

3 – In some cases, state laws for nursing mothers may trump the FLSA requirements.

Specifically, if state laws provide more protections or benefits for nursing mothers than the federal law provides, these laws will preempt the federal law. Examples of greater protections that could be provided by state laws include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Allowing nursing mothers break times to express milk after the first year following childbirth
  • Compensating nursing mothers for these break times
  • Allowing exempt employees to take break time to express milk.

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