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ObamaCare Mandates Employers Provide Private Breastfeeding Centers

Buried in the newly enacted health care reform legislation is a provision that amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide a "reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for a nursing child for 1 year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk." In addition, the employer must provide for this purpose "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public."

Businesses that employ fewer than 50 employees are exempt from these requirements if they can show that following them would impose an "undue hardship." The burden of proof will be on the employer and may be difficult to meet in most cases.

On the other hand, things could have been worse for employers. Yesterday, April 1, a wag claimed that, but for Republican intervention, the legislation would have required:

a windowed room, with a view of a tree, lace curtains and a pleasing floral wall paper. The "mother's retreat" must be equipped with dimmable lighting, a La Leche approved breast-feeding rocker, and be stocked with warm towels.

SCOTT adds: Minnesota made its own contribution to these annals with this parallel statute back in 1998. The Minnesota statute doesn't require a room with a view, but along the same lines as the new federal law, it does require "a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where the employee can express her milk in privacy."

On the one hand, it is good to see that Congress has prohibited the use of a bathroom, and not just a toilet stall, to satisfy the law. Pelosi's Democrats are thinking big. On the other hand, the Minnesota statute is not limited to one year post partum. Minnesota thus retains a wider zone than federal law for "free expression."


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Added: Apr-5-2010 
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  • I demand a masturbation room. It prevents prostate cancer.

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  • Stupid,..stupid,..stupid,..

    all he is doing is being a dictator,..

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    • yea, since wingnut radio and Fox tells you we have a dictator, you're inclined to believe it.

      They're just boobies....ever seen one?

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    • actually I came to that decision myself just watching Obama,...

      employers are not supposed to babysit their employees,..
      also ,.what is the mother doing at work with her child,.?
      she should be at home with it ,not at the work place,.
      or the baby should be in a day care facility,..
      not in the office,.

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    • Oh, FFS. Obviously you've never been around a woman who's just had a baby, or read the FLSA, either. As she produces milk, she needs to express it or be in a lot of pain. the FLSA says "reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk". Doesn't say to breastfeed her baby. Oh the indignation of allowing a mother a clean and sanitary place to do this.

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    • Why do Lib's think it's the responsibility of the employers to do anything except give them a job,a safe place to work,and get reliable pay?
      if a women just has a Baby ,they get tome off for nursing,not a leaking room,..it;'s bullsirt for Obama to turn to the employers of America for anything,..
      they more he tells them what to do,or any president for that matter, the more it hurts the worker,..
      we should not put anymore burden on the employer than we possibly can help it,.
      but dumb-ass Lib's don More..

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    • tome = time,.;)

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  • Breastfeeding means healthy babies. Who's seriously against letting a mom do her duty to her child?

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  • lets see the right talk sh about this.

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    • I don't have a problem with it as long as you're willing to pay for it. Just you and all your buddies who think this is a great idea. Oh, and I'm going to need you to pay for the time lost.

      I didn't think so.

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  • link?

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  • lol centers. lofty word you chose. why not call it mammary extraction facilities while you're at it.

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  • If a employers wants to give a place for women to do her thing ,then it should be up to the employer to make that choice,..NOT OBAMA !!

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  • Damn kids of America have become spoon fed lazy asses,...X-box degenerates,..that don't know the first thing about working for a living and becoming successful,..
    all they want are hand outs,..and I got news for ya,..

    conservatives can shut that valve off very easily,..
    I lmao at the Lib's,...their is no money to take bitches! ahahaha

    have fun trying to get it,..

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  • My God, how did we ever survive before the messiah saved us

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