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Required lactation breaks: How employers should comply

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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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