As a mother, returning to work is one of a number of difficult decisions
you face. If you are breastfeeding your child, you will need special provisions
to allow you to pump breast milk while you are at work. The federal “Break
Time for Nursing Mothers” law has been in place since 2010 to help
protect mothers and support them.
About the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” Law
This law covers all non-exempt (hourly) employees who are covered by the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under this law, employers are required
to provide nursing mothers with a private space to take care of their
nursing needs. The location must be completely private and may not be
a restroom. The space does not to be dedicated to nursing mothers alone
or be permanent, but it must be available when needed.
Your employer must offer reasonable breaks to allow you to pump as often
as required. Employers should recognize that different women have different
needs, and allow breaks to be taken accordingly. When determining the
time you need for a break, you should remember to include the time it
takes you to leave your desk to pump, the time to gather supplies, and
the time to clean up and return to your workspace. Pumping breaks are
not required to be paid, but you may use your paid breaks to pump.
Small businesses may be exempt from the law, but only after a complaint
has been filed by a breastfeeding employee. The business must prove that
providing reasonable accommodations would involve significant difficulty
or expense when considering the size, financial resources, and structure
of the business in question.
If you have further questions about your rights as a breastfeeding mother,
or you feel that your employer is denying you your rights, please get
in touch with our Hollister
employment attorneys. At
Marder Employment Law, our lead attorney has more than 20 years of legal experience fighting
for the rights of California workers. Protect your rights and your needs
as a mother.
Contact our offices to schedule a
free initial consultation. Dial (888) 796-4010 to speak to a member of our team