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HR Guidelines to Support Nursing Mothers

In 2010 the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) amended Section 7 as follows:

Employers are required to provide a place, other than a restroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

Employers are required to provide "reasonable break time" for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.

Employers are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time to express milk as frequently as needed by the nursing mothers. The frequency of breaks needed to express milk as well as the duration of each break will likely vary.

As a result, the Office of State Personnel issued a policy on lactation support (.pdf)

It is the policy of North Carolina State Government to assist working mothers with the transition back to work following the birth of a child by providing lactation support. A lactation support program allows a nursing mother to express breast milk periodically during the work day. State agencies shall provide space, privacy, and time for nursing mothers to express breast milk.

In addition, North Carolina public breastfeeding law: § 14 190.9 clarifies indecent exposure.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast feed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding.

In support of the needs of women, state law, changes to FLSA, and the OSHR policy, UNCG issues the following guidelines:

Supervisors will provide a reasonable amount of break time to express milk or breastfeed as frequently as needed by nursing mothers. The frequency of breaks needed to express milk or breastfeed as well as the duration of each break will likely vary.

UNCG does not require employees to use any form of leave [including sick, vacation, unpaid, paid, bonus, or community involvement] when they take time to express milk or breastfeed.

If anyone has any questions please contact Human Resources 336-334-5009.

For information on spaces reserved for nursing mothers, please visit: http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cwhw/scholarly-engagement/campusengagement/breastfeeding-friendly-uncg/