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What are the new rules affecting breastfeeding?

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Q. What does the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law (also known as the Nursing Mothers Law) contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require of employers?

A. The Nursing Mothers Law (Section 4207 of the ACA) applies to all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, it exempts those with fewer than 50 employees (as defined by the FLSA) if they can demonstrate that complying with the law would impose an undue hardship on their business.

The Nursing Mothers Law amended the FLSA by requiring employers to provide nursing mothers private space and reasonable break time to express breast milk after childbirth. The Nursing Mothers Law requires employers to provide:

  1. Reasonable “break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk”
  2. A place “other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free fr...(register to read more)

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