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Health Care Reform Includes Breast-Feeding Requirements For Employers

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Under the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as health care reform), employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide nursing mothers with reasonable break time and a private place to express breast milk.  Employers are not required to compensate an employee for this break time, unless required by state law.  Employers with fewer than 50 employees don't have to comply if doing so would create an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense. 


The Department of Labor has expressed the intent to issue guidance on complying with and implementing the law.  Employers cannot wait for the regulations before acting, however; the law became effective immediately upon the President's signature in March.


Reasonable break time.  The Patient Protection Act provides for reasonable unpaid break time for up to one year after the birth of a child to...(register to read more)

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