The struggle for nursing mothers in the workplace has been ongoing for decades. Despite the numerous laws and regulations in place to protect them, many women still face discrimination and obstacles when trying to pump breast milk on the job.
However, with the recent passage of the PUMP Act, a new era of support and understanding for nursing mothers has finally arrived. This groundbreaking law will require employers to provide break time and a private space for mothers to pump breast milk, as well as prevent discrimination against them in the workplace.
Providing a space
Under the PUMP Act, when an employer sets up a space for nursing employees, it must be out of everyone else’s view and people should not be able to intrude. The space must have a shelf and seat, and it has to be clean. A bathroom does not qualify as a valid space. The employer does not have to dedicate the space to the employee’s use, but the employee must be able to use it whenever necessary.
Employers with more than 50 employees have to follow certain break time requirements. While paid break time is not always a requirement, nursing mothers should get the same compensation that other employees get during breaks. Also, mothers should not have to handle any work-related tasks while they are nursing. Otherwise, they must get compensation.
Working mothers have the right to care for their children, and they should not have to deal with discrimination at their job. Some employers do not accommodate nursing employees enough, but the PUMP Act changes this. By understanding this new law, mothers can protect their rights and make their jobs easier.