The Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform law requires employers to provide space for mothers to lactate. According to the latest available statistics, the Department of Labor (DOL) has cited a whopping 23 companies for failing to comply.
With 5,767,306 American employers, that means the DOL has cited 0.0004% of all American employers. If we only consider employers with 20 or more employees, the DOL has cited 0.0038%—still an infinitesimally small number. If we only consider the largest of employers—those with 100 or more employees—the percentage of citations drops to a still-miniscule 0.023%.
What do the statistics mean? Either the lactation mandate is not yet widely known, but complaints (and citations) will rise as public knowledge catches up with the law’s requirements; or the lack of lactation space in American workplaces is a myth that never needed a legislative solution.
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