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New Health Care Law and Pumping Breast Milk at Work

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Thanks to Tanya at the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog for pointing this out… The new health care law establishes a right to pump at work in the entire U.S. Here’s a summary from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, on March 23rd and the Reconciliation Act of 2010, H.R. 4872, on March 30, 2010. Among many provisions, the law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.Code 207) to require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express milk. The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time for any work time spent for such purpose. The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk. If these requirements impose undue hardship, an employer that employs less than 50 employees is not subject to these requirements. Furthermore, these requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees.

To learn about the laws in your state, click here.



One Response to “New Health Care Law and Pumping Breast Milk at Work”

This is more important to give to moms the right to have a break time for expressing milk. Some companies had no excuses for expressing milk. Now with the protection of the law it will be done.
Salute to Obama’s reform and able to help and protect employees who need to express milk.
Camille Jude
Hands Free Pumping Bra

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