Health Care Reform Act Requires Employers to Provide Break Periods to Breast Feed

By | April 6th, 2010 | General

Among the many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) that affect employers, one has not gotten much notice. The Act amends the Fair Labor Standard Act (federal wage and hour law), to require covered employers to provide “reasonable” breaks to nursing mothers to express milk for infants under a year old. This break is unpaid. The act also requires employers to provide a private place, other than a bathroom, for the mother to express milk, unless doing so would create an undue hardship on the employer.

Oklahoma employers might think that the above federal changes sound familiar. That is because Oklahoma law already requires reasonable unpaid breaks be given to employees who need to breast feed or express milk. Oklahoma employers are also required to provide a private, secure place, other than a toilet stasll, so that an employee can express milk or breast feed her baby.

If you have questions about this change in the law or other employment issues, contact the Employers Legal Resource Center at 405-702-9797.

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