HR News That You Can Use - Nov 2010

DUE Human Resources

Diversity & Inclusion

There is a new law requiring REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended by adding the following:

 An employer shall provide -

(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; and

(B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express milk.

For hourly employees, break times taken for the purpose of expressing milk are unpaid. I would encourage you to accommodate temporary flexible arrangements which allow nursing mothers to make up the unpaid time, whenever possible.

The most convenient lactation location for the majority of DUE woman is probably 10-342. For more information about breastfeeding support at MIT please visit the HR breast feeding support site


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