by Brian S. Clarke and Julie Kerr Adams, Esqs., Littler, Mendelson, Charlotte
Hidden deep within the recently enacted health care reform legislation—officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—is a provision that garnered neither debate nor controversy in the media or the halls of Congress. The law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act () to require large employers to provide lactation breaks and facilities for employees who are breastfeeding.
Many employers now must provide breaks to mothers who wish to express breast milk and a place to do so that is not a restroom.
The provision went into effect as soon as President Obama signed the law on March 23.
Which employers are covered?
Generally, all employers that are covered by the FLSA and employ 50 or more employees must comply with the amendment. Employers covered by the FLSA but with fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide the breaks “if...(register to read more)