In performing research for this blog, I came across this state by state map that perfectly puts together all of the pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination and leave right laws throughout the United States. Here it is, created by Legal Momentum.
I think that they did an incredible job, and it would have taken me an enormous amount of time to collect the laws and put together such a wonderful product.
Legal Momentum, headed in New York, has positioned itself as “the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund,” and I think what they do is awesome. Head over to their website to learn more about them, as I have recently been doing. Here is the link to Legal Momentum.
Otherwise, life is good. My baby is six months old. She is crawling, standing up in her crib, and beginning to cruise. Her first tooth is just about coming up, and she started cutting her second one this evening. As we speak she is sleeping peacefully, though we know that could end at anytime. Baby girl is not the best sleeper. I love her so very much.
Some fast facts gleaned from the guidelines posted by the New York State Department of Labor about NYS Labor Law 206-c.
- A nursing mother’s right to express milk is protected for three years after the birth of her child.
- The law applies to both public and private employers in NY state.
- The size of the company does not matter. No matter how small or large the company you work for is, you will be protected by this law.
- Nursing mothers should be given a break time (unpaid) that is AT LEAST twenty minutes. This means that the break time could be longer, depending on the individual mother. An employee can also take a shorter break time if they choose to.
- The designated room or space for expressing milk CANNOT be a bathroom or a restroom stall.
- The designated room or space must be close to the employee’s work space (walkable) and getting to the room should minimally increase the break time allotted.
- To insure PRIVACY, the room should have a lock on it. If that is not possible the employer should put a sign up alerting others that the room will not be accessible to customers and other employees.
More information can be found in the guidelines that I put a link to above.
Please comment about any experiences you have had with this law. Has it helped you?
Section 206-C of the New York State Labor Law was passed in 2007. This law, in short, protects a nursing mother from being discriminated against because of the fact that she is expressing milk in the workplace and requires that all employers in the state allow nursing mothers the time to express breast milk (pump) for up to THREE years (THREE!) following the birth of their child.
Employers, the law says, must make reasonable efforts to provide a room close to where the employee works so that they may pump in private. Most importantly, the room cannot be a restroom or a toilet stall. This is a relief to all those nursing mothers who have been told time and time again – you need to go somewhere private? what about the bathroom? No thank you. Would you like to eat food that was cooked in the bathroom? No – you wouldn’t? Well…neither does a baby.
Employers also must give reasonable unpaid break time to nursing mothers – the breaks should not be farther apart than three hours (if that is what the mother asks for).
The Department of Labor guidelines on how to interpret Section 206-C are very detailed, and are definitely worth a look. It is a wonderful thing that New York State has created this law which helps women find the elusive work life balance – the ability to continue to breast feed their child while remaining productive in the work force.
We found our gorgeous home! Above is a panorama picture of our deck and backyard.
A colonial in Gibson.
Valley Stream in Nassau County, Long Island is where we chose to buy our home. We love it here. We have a gorgeous backyard (not too big but just perfect). The house was listed as four bedrooms, but is actually three. The fourth bedroom is the attic, which is an awesome living space, but definitely not where I want any of our children living – that is, at least until they are teenagers.
The next thing on our agenda for real estate is a possible summer home. We are thinking of buying a house on the North Fork of Long Island. We got engaged on Orient Point and really enjoy the wineries, the small cute towns, and the beautiful beaches. The houses are expensive, but there are many more deals to be found there than there are in the Hamptons, for sure. The North Fork house hunting is definitely a long term project. We are not ready to look for real, as we just had a new baby! She is six months now so not BRAND new, but still new. We are absolutely in love 🙂 and takes away most of our free time. It is a wonder that I was able to write this post, but she went to be really early tonight.