There are everyday parts of life that as employers, we don’t realize we must think about in regards to employees and what we provide in the work environment. One of the most overlooked requirements is Senate Bill 142. This bill requires employers to have a designated private space for breastfeeding employees to lactate. Although this has been a requirement for quite some time, the list of accommodations is expanding every year.
If an employee feels they were not given the time and space needed to pump breast milk, or claim they feared retaliation for asking, an employer can be fined $100 a day. Although there can be exemptions made for employers under 50, you must apply for an undue hardship in order to not comply with this law. More than 50% of new mothers are reentering the workforce between 6 months to 1 year, so this requirement is likely going to impact all businesses, big or small.