Advocates are calling it a win for mothers who breastfeed.
The state is now going to require all employers to provide pumping spaces that are convenient and private, have seating, and access to running water and electricity.
This all in addition to creating ‘working space’ for them in these areas. Employers will now be required to give mothers who are nursing reasonable break times, or make reasonable efforts to provide a space to pump breast milk.
“Every nursing mother deserves access to a safe, hygienic, and convenient space to pump in the workplace,” Governor Hochul said. “By requiring employers to provide quality accommodations, this legislation will help employees feel comfortable and respected when breastfeeding.”
The new law also requires employers to adopt a policy developed by the state regarding rights when breastfeeding in the workplace.
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