Proposed bill requires businesses to provide “reasonable accommodations” for nursing moms

Proposed bill requires businesses to provide “reasonable accommodations” for nursing moms
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A proposed bill in the Washington legislature would require businesses to provide reasonable accommodations for moms to express breast milk while on the job.

House bill 1930 received a first reading Wednesday and was referred to Labor and Workplace Standards.

Sponsored by Rep. Beth Doglio (D) and Rep. Laurie Doland (D), the bill adds to current legislation that pertains to pregnant women.

It states that employers need to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for two years after the child’s birth each time the employee has need to express the milk and providing a provide location, other than a bathroom, which may be used by the employee to express breast milk.”

Right now, federal law requires employers to provide that reasonable break time, but only up to a year after giving birth. It also requires employers with more than 50 employees to have a lactation room at work and it has to be somewhere other than a bathroom.

Washington currently has a law on the books that excludes nursing from indecent exposure laws.