Check Employee Handbook – Nursing Mothers Law
With the beginning of a new year, it’s a great time to review and update your employee handbook. Check for your compliance with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 §4207 and New York State Labor Law §206-c of 2008, the Right of Nursing Mothers to Express Breast Milk.
Employers are required to provide written notification of §206-c to employees who are returning to work, following the birth of a child. Notice may either be provided individually to affected employees or to all employees generally through publication of such notice in the employee handbook or posting of the notice in a central location.
This law requires employers to allow working women to use unpaid break time or paid meal time to nurse their babies or express milk for up to three years after the birth of their child. It also requires employers to provide a reasonable space where an employee can express milk in privacy and prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee who exercises this right.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feature Lactation Support Programs at the worksite as the second most important topic just under Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs.
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