DOL Listening Session 1/31: Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Monday, January 31, 2011
DOL Listening Sessions: Reasonable
Break Time for Nursing Mothers
On December 21, 2010, the
Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published a "Request for
Information” (RFI) outlining the Department’s preliminary interpretations of
the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law, which was passed as part of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to seek public comment on these
interpretations and any other issues on which the public would like to comment.
WHD will host a series of listening sessions for the
public to learn more about the RFI and to provide feedback to WHD on any and
all issues pertaining to this new law, such as:
What is adequate time to express breast milk? What is
"reasonable” break time from employee and employer perspectives?
Space & Features:
What does it mean for an employer to provide "a place” to express
breast milk? What features should be available in the place
(refrigeration, electrical outlet, sink with running water, chair, etc)? What potential contamination risks
Hardship: When should the
determination of the number of workers be made for the purpose of
claiming the undue hardship exemption? What standard is the most
- Notice: How can the federal government best communicate
the law to nursing mothers and to employers? How and when should a
nursing mother notify her employer to invoke this right?
We invite you to participate in either of the following listening session:
January 31, 2011
– 3:00pm (EST)
To receive the call information please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
and indicate the date and time you intend to participate.
To access the RFI or submit comments in writing, please go to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=WHD-2010-0003-0001
For more information please visit WHD’s nursing mothers’ website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/