Health Care Reform Boosts Support for Employed Breastfeeding Mothers
This means no more pumping in the bathroom at work!!
What does the Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers law do?
- Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform), states that employers shall provide breastfeeding employees with “reasonable break time” and a private, non-bathroom place to express breast milk during the workday, up until the child’s first birthday.
- Employers are not required to pay for time spent expressing milk, and employers of less than 50 employees shall not be required to provide the breaks if doing so would cause “undue hardship” to their business.
- Download the text of Section 4207 only.
When does the law take affect?
- The law was effective immediately upon President Obama’s signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, however, the rules for enforcement have not yet been put in place. Breastfeeding employees should be assured that the Department of Labor is working swiftly to establish these rules, and should give their employers time to comply once those rules take effect.
- While the Department of Labor works to define terms and processes for enforcement of the law, USBC stands ready to support employers and breastfeeding employees with tools, information, and resources. View resources for employers and managers and resources for breastfeeding employees.
Why is the law necessary?