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Workplace (HR-500)

HR-521 Breaktime for Nursing Mothers


The University will provide break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child.  In addition, the University will provide a place for employees to express breast milk.


Employees who are nursing mothers will be provided a reasonable amount of break time to express milk as frequently as needed for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth.  The frequency of breaks needed to express milk as well as the duration of the break will likely vary.


The University will provide a place to be used by an employee to express breast milk.  A bathroom, even if private, is not a permissible location.  If the space is not dedicated to the nursing mother’s use, it must be available when needed.  A space temporarily created or converted into a space for expressing milk or made available when needed by the nursing mother is sufficient, provided that the space is shielded from view, and free from any intrusion from co-workers and the public.  The space provided must be functional as a space for expressing breast milk.


The University is not required to pay nursing mothers for breaks taken for the purpose of expressing breast milk.  However, if paid breaks are already provided, an employee who uses that break time to express breast milk must be paid in the same way that other employees are compensated for break time.


Date Created: 1/1/2010

Last Updated: 1/1/2010