Employment Law

Other Employment Law Considerations

Must an employer do anything to accommodate employees who wish to breast feed their children?

Many states have laws regarding rest or break time for employees who wish to breast feed or express breast milk for supplying their children later in the day. For example, an Oklahoma law provides: “An employer may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to breast-feed or express breast milk for her child to maintain milk supply and comfort. The break time, if possible, shall run concurrently with any break time, paid or unpaid, already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.” Mississippi’s law is more blunt: “No employer shall prohibit an employee from expressing breast milk during any meal period or other break period provided by the employer.”


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