New Law Helps Nursing Mothers in the Workplace New Law Helps Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that a new law will go into effect Wednesday that allows postpartum women in the workplace to take a 30-minute break to express milk from their breasts.

The breaks will be paid, and will not require mothers to make up the lost time before or after work. The mandate applies whenever employees have a reasonable need to express breast milk and extends up to three years following childbirth.

Hochul, who has been vocal about her commitment to helping support working families, said she will continue to aid those families as much as possible.

“As New York’s first mom governor, I am fighting every day to give working parents the protections they need to keep their families strong and healthy. From our nation-leading prenatal leave program to this legislation requiring employers to give breastfeeding mothers much-needed break time, our state is continuing to stand up for parents in the workplace and protect maternal and child health,” Hochul said, in a press release.

This comes as a drastic change from the previous requirement, where employers were only obligated to provide reasonable unpaid break time for this purpose.

For more information, visit the New York State Department of Labor’s website.

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