When the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) passed in 2010 one of the things included in it was an amendment to the FLSA requiring employers to provide time and space for breastfeeding employees. I wrote about this in Boobs and Babes in the Workplace where I gave you some detail about the law. If you are unclear about it you can review that post or you can read Exposing Breasts in the Workplace: Part of Healthcare! to make yourself familiar with the requirements of the law. Then be prepared to make your business case for breastfeeding.
Some companies have done a very good job of making this accommodation to allow new mothers to express breast milk while at work. Others have not however, I know of a few that have struggled with this. Well help has now been provided. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided a great deal of information for both employers and employees to help both groups.
At womenshealth.gov several documents can be found that provide guidance on making the business case for breastfeeding accommodation in the workplace. Take note HR folks here is your business case… use it… it is better than just saying “We have to.” In addition to this you will also find a sample policy, a timeline for implementation, an employee guide and much more.
So if you are currently struggling with this issue then visit womenshealth.gov for some excellent guidance.
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