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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.641

Introduced by   Representatives Grad of Moretown, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Jewett of Ripton, McCormack of Rutland City, Minter of Waterbury, Pugh of S. Burlington and Trombley of Grand Isle

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Labor; nursing mothers

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to protect a woman’s right to express breast milk for a nursing baby while at work by requiring an employer to provide uncompensated time and make a reasonable effort to provide a private space in which women employees can express milk.

AN ACT RELATING TO NURSING MOTHERS IN THE WORKPLACE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  21 V.S.A. § 472b is added to read:
§ 472b.  NURSING MOTHERS IN THE WORKPLACE

(a)  For an employee who is a nursing mother for up to three years after the birth of a child, the employer shall:

(1)  Provide uncompensated time throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child.

(2)  Make a reasonable effort to provide appropriate private space that is not a bathroom stall or a small storage area.

(b)  An employer may be exempted from the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if providing time for expressing breast milk would seriously disrupt the employer’s operations.

(c)  An employer shall not discriminate against an employee who exercises the rights provided under this section. 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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