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State law requires paid breaks for breastfeeding in NY workplaces

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Starting June 19, a new law in New York will require employers to provide 30 minutes of paid break time for employees to express breast milk. This law supports breastfeeding mothers for up to three years following childbirth.

Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized the importance of this legislation in promoting maternal and child health. “As New York’s first mom Governor, I am fighting to give working parents the protections they need to keep their families strong and healthy,” she said.

Employees can use paid break time or mealtime beyond the required 30 minutes. This law builds on Governor Hochul’s efforts to support families, including the first-in-the-nation paid prenatal leave program and expanded childcare options.