Tag: nursing mothers

Case Study: What to (Remotely) Expect When Your Employee Is Expecting

The COVID-19 pandemic opened the floodgates for requests to work remotely as a disability or pregnancy accommodation under state and federal law. Many employers have been unsure how to handle such requests, and there hasn’t been much guidance from the courts on the topic. But that’s changing. Here’s what one Illinois appellate court has to […]


Returning Moms Fear Breastfeeding Could Impact Career Growth

Women who reenter the workforce after giving birth have a lot on their minds: catching up from maternity leave, making sure they situate their babies in daycare or with a childcare provider, and much more. For some working moms, the last thing on their minds is career growth, yet despite this, almost one-third of new […]

Beyond maternity leave: employers’ duties to returning mothers

by Michelle Dougherty With the recent emphasis on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)  regarding employers’ affirmative duties to pregnant employees, it is important for employers to remember that they also have obligations when employees return to work after childbirth. Specifically, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers have […]


Break time for nursing mothers: legal requirements and lactation policies

by Jodi R. Bohr Although employers’ obligation to provide breaks for nursing mothers is not new (it took effect with the March 23, 2010, signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)), I’ve recently been presented with many questions about what the law requires. From the questions, I’ve realized two things: (1) Employers still do not […]

Nursing mothers have ‘privacy rights’

by Jeff Hurt On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill ― officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Part of the Act that didn’t get much media attention affects nursing mothers in the workplace. Specifically, the Act requires a covered employer to provide an employee who […]