October 28, 2010 Articles

New Law Provides Protection for Nursing Mothers

President Obama recently signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an important act for new or nursing mothers.

By Lindsay Galloway

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an important act for new or nursing mothers.

Employers Required to Provide Breaks Time to Nursing Mothers Section 4207 of the Act amended Section 207(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requiring employers to provide “reasonable break time” for new or nursing mothers to express milk for one year after the birth of a child. 29 U.S.C. § 207(r)(1)(A) (2010). The amendment also requires employers to provide the mother with a private place, other than a bathroom, for the expression of milk "that is shielded from view and free from intrusion." 29 U.S.C. § 207(r)(1)(B) (2010).

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