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?