By: Stephanie Conduff
First – A bathroom is NEVER permissible under the law. Never.
Federal laws solidly define what is required in the workplace for nursing mothers. There is a compelling reason for businesses to seek out accommodations for new mothers choosing to pump in the workplace.
According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010 (P.L. 111-148) (this law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)), each employer is required to give “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” With many mothers returning to work at 8 weeks after the birth of their child – an employer will need to have a dedicated space for 10 months to ensure compliance with the law.
The place dedicated to the employee must be “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”
Leche Lounge, LLC, has a turnkey solution that meets the federal guidelines and can be set-up in any business location. We can also work with you to design a space in an existing room to ensure compliance with the PPPACA. Please contact us at (405) 641-1462 to learn more about the options that would work best for you and your business.
If you are considering designing a space, then you must ensure that a “space temporarily created or converted into a space for expressing milk or made available when needed by the nursing mother is sufficient provided that the space is shielded from view, and free from any intrusion from co-workers and the public.” Our design team will work with you to create a space that is within your budget.