More about NYS Labor Law 206-c

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?

 

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