Provisions of PPACA that you do not hear much about – break time and accommodation for nursing mothers

20 May

The size of the PPACA bills makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to fully understand all the implications.  Every now and then one can stumble upon changes that are in the legislation that have little to do with health care or even health insurance reform but are the law of the land nevertheless.   Here is one example, break time and a private location for nursing mothers.  Employers with less than 50 employees are exempt, but it is not clear who will make the determination of undue hardship, difficulty or expense.


 Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following: 

‘‘(r)(1) An employer shall provide—

‘‘(A) a 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;


‘‘(B) 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.

‘‘(2) An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.

‘‘(3) An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.

‘‘(4) Nothing in this subsection shall preempt a State law that provides greater protections to employees than the protections provided for under this subsection.’’.

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