Work & Family Policy Database
Relating to Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Subject: Nursing Mothers' Rights at Work
Bill: H.B. 409/S.B. 532
Sponsor: Belatti (D)/Chun Oakland (D)
Senate bill introduced: 01/18/2013
House bill introduced: 01/22/2013
Passed Senate Committee on Judiciary & Labor with amendments, sent to House: 03/05/2013
Senate bill passed House Committee on Labor with amendments: 03/12/2013
Senate bill passed House Committee on Judiciary without amendments: 03/19/2013
Senate bill passed House Committee on Finance, sent to Senate: 04/09/2013
Senate bill passed Final Reading: 04/30/2013
Senate bill sent to Governor: 05/07/2013
Summary: Requires all employers to provide a clean, private location other than the bathroom and reasonable break time to a worker every time she has a need to express breast milk. Employers with fewer than 50 employees can apply for an undue hardship exemption.
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