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DOL gets serious about break time for nursing mothers law

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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued one of its first milk-expression break citations on the Trump administration’s watch. The action is another indication that the department is taking seriously some provisions in the Affordable Care Act even as it has stepped away from defending the law against challenges in federal court.

The ACA amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to require unlimited breaks for nursing mothers.

It requires all employers with 50 or more employees to provide private facilities to express milk. Smaller employers must comply, too, unless they can show it would be an economic hardship to do so.

Recent case: The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division investigated the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona. Investigators concluded that the facility “failed to provide adequate breaks and accommodations for nursing mothers attempting to express breast milk while on the job.”

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