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‘Power to Pump’: DOL launches information campaign on workplace supports

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The division is providing general guidelines and PDF flyers for workers, employers and advocates. It also provides applicable law related to the legislation and other useful information, all available on the DOL website.

On Dec. 29, 2022, U.S, President Joe Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 into law. The law includes the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (“PUMP Act”), which extends to more nursing employees the rights to receive break time to pump and a private place to pump at work and may impact some of the other information provided below.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) also requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employees are entitled to a place to pump at work, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.

Pregnant women face challenges

Some employers have found trouble because of their treatment of pregnant women and working mothers.

Last year, the New York State Division of Human Rights filed a complaint against Amazon, alleging the company engages in discrimination against pregnant workers and workers with disabilities by denying them reasonable accommodations.

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