|SYNOPSIS:||Under existing law, the state does not require employers to provide accommodations for employees who are breastfeeding mothers.|
|This bill would require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide breastfeeding employees with a time and place to express milk in private.|
Relating to workplace accommodations; to require employers to provide employees who are breastfeeding mothers with a time and private place to express breast milk at work.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. (a) As used in this section, "employer" means a person that employs one or more employees and includes the state and its political subdivisions.
(b) An employer shall provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who is a breastfeeding mother to express breast milk for her child. The break time, if possible, shall run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer shall not be required to provide break time under this section if to do so would unreasonably disrupt the operations of the employer.
(c) The employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location with access to an electrical outlet in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where the employee can express breast milk in private, free of intrusion from coworkers and the public. The employer shall be held harmless if reasonable efforts have been made to comply with this subsection.
(d) The room or location provided under subsection (c) may include the employee’s normal work space if her normal work space meets the requirement of this section.
Section 2. This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.