04/11/2023 1:14 PM | Maggie Garry

The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act) was signed into law on December 29, 2022 which extends more rights to nursing mothers.  The PUMP Act applies to all employers unless they have fewer than 50 employees and can show that compliance would cause an undue hardship.  Employers are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time for nursing mothers for one year following the birth of a child as often as is necessary.  The break time does not need to be paid unless the employer compensates other employees break times.  Employers must provide a space that is shielded from view and free from disruption that is not a bathroom.  

Beginning April 28, 2023, employees who are denied breaks, not given proper space or are not paid for breaks as other employees may bring private action or may file a complaint with the Department of Labor.  

Read more at: Frequently Asked Questions – Pumping Breastmilk at Work | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)

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