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New Nursing and Pregnancy Laws

New Nursing and Pregnancy Laws

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Two new federal laws have extended employment protections to employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions.

 

FLSA Private Pumping Space and Break Time

The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act expands the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require employers to provide employees with breaks and privacy for expressing breast milk. This law is effective April 27, 2023.


Pregnancy ADA Accommodations

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) extends the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations to employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. This goes into effect on June 27, 2023.

 

Enforcement

Employers who violate the new laws are subject to pay punitive damages, actual damages, costs, and penalties. Guidance on the new accommodation requirements will be issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity by June 2024. Employers should become familiar with the new laws in the meantime.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”