Many Atlanta mothers returning to work after giving birth want to continue
breastfeeding at-work but wonder about finding the time to pump on the job and if they have
any rights to do so.
In an effort to encourage breast-feeding and protect women who want to
take time out to pump or breastfeed, the Department of Labor recently
enacted the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law requiring certain employers provide time out for breastfeeding.
Many states also have laws providing breastfeeding rights at work.
While the DOL is working on fine-tuning the guidelines surrounding this
regulation, a few important rules exist.
First, the law requires that companies with at least 50 employees must
provide a “reasonable time and space” – not a bathroom
– to pump milk until the baby is a year old.
The DOL has requested comments from interested parties to determine how
much time is reasonable and what the space should look like.
Also, the breastfeeding law was passed as an amendment to the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As a result, anyone covered by the FLSA is covered by this law.
This means that the government is serious about protecting a woman’s
right to breastfeed.
Nancy Leppink, the acting deputy administrator of the Labor Department’s
Wage and Hour Division is hopeful that all employees will soon be covered
by this law. The law comes at a time of heightened awareness about the
health benefits of breast-feeding. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General recently
issued a “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” urging
all employers to “work toward high quality lactation support programs.”
If you have any questions or are a nursing mother returning to work and
have been denied the time or space to breast feed or pump, contact one
of our dedicated
Atlanta employee’s rights attorneys The Buckley Law Firm, LLC. We have years of experience ensuring employees
are treated fairly and justly at work.