The new state law requires companies to make room for breastfeeding mothers at work

A new law requires companies across the state to provide breastfeeding New Yorkers with a quality pumping space at work.

“Every breastfeeding mother deserves access to a safe, hygienic and convenient place to pump in the workplace,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said after signing the measure.

“By requiring employers to provide quality accommodation, this legislation will help workers feel comfortable and respected about breastfeeding.”

According to the law, supervisors must provide a private, “well-lit” room close to workplaces if the nursing staff so requests.

Toilets and toilet cubicles do not meet this standard, although legislation allows some leeway in space requirements for smaller workplaces.

The law, which takes effect in 180 days, also requires the state Department of Labor to develop guidelines on the rights of carers, which their supervisors must relay once they realize they need housing.

Hochul speaks on a podium
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the law into law Dec. 9, seven months after it was passed by the legislature.
Matthew McDermott

State lawmakers approved the bill sponsored by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) and Rep. Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) in May with bipartisan support.

“Breastfeeding mothers deserve the same health protections and precautions regardless of where they work,” Paulin said Friday.

“No one should ever have to choose between caring for their child and working, and we must continue to ensure workplaces throughout New York are accessible and equitable for all.” The new state law requires companies to make room for breastfeeding mothers at work


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