Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Requires Employers to Provide Breaks For Breastfeeding

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Under the new health care legislation signed into law last week, employers covered by the FLSA are now required to allow nursing mothers reasonable breaks to express milk for their infants. The health care law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act, and requires employers to provide a private room, other than a restroom, for mothers to express milk until their nursing infant is one year of age. According to the legislation, employers do not have to pay employees for these break periods unless required by state law.

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