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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008

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ACT NO. 144


Nursing mothers

This act requires an employer to provide an employee who is a nursing mother, for three years after the birth of her child, with (1) reasonable paid or unpaid time throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child and (2) appropriate private space for this purpose other than a bathroom stall. The act allows an employer to be exempted from these requirements if providing such time or space would substantially disrupt the employer’s operations. It prohibits employers from retaliating or discriminating against employees who exercise their rights under the act. Instead of an enforcement action through the Vermont Judicial Bureau, the act allows the attorney general or a state’s attorney to enforce the provisions of the act by bringing a civil action for injunctive relief, economic damages, and investigative and court costs. The act also expands and clarifies the definitions of employer and employee for the purposes of the laws on employment conditions and gives the judicial bureau jurisdiction over violations of these laws.

Effective Date: July 1, 2008.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont