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Pumping breastmilk at work- limit on how long they have to accomodate? California

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  • Pumping breastmilk at work- limit on how long they have to accomodate? California

    I know we have the law requiring a space be provided for pumping breastmilk at work. The law states that it is milk being provided for an infant.
    Does that mean there is a maximum amount of time the employer has to accomodate this?
    My son is 9 months old, still taking several bottles a day and my work has been very accomodating, but I have heard that they are planning on moving someone into the office where I currently pump in a couple months.

    I know they would still try to accomodate me, and I know/hope my son will be taking fewer bottles in the near future, but I also know it would be awkward to have to ask someone to leave their office so I could use it to pump (even if they agreed to this beforehand). And the only office that is totally private other than this one has a woman in there who would be disgusted at the thought of a drop of breastmilk hitting a surface she would have to touch.

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    California -
    1030. Every employer, including the state and any political
    subdivision, shall provide a reasonable amount of break time to
    accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the
    employee's infant child. The break time shall, if possible, run
    concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee.
    Break time for an employee that does not run concurrently with the
    rest time authorized for the employee by the applicable wage order of
    the Industrial Welfare Commission shall be unpaid.

    1031. The employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide the
    employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a
    toilet stall, in close proximity to the employee's work area, for the
    employee to express milk in private. The room or location may
    include the place where the employee normally works if it otherwise
    meets the requirements of this section.

    1032. An employer is not required to provide break time under this
    chapter if to do so would seriously disrupt the operations of the

    1033. (a) An employer who violates any provision of this chapter
    shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred
    dollars ($100) for each violation.
    (b) If, upon inspection or investigation, the Labor Commissioner
    determines that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the Labor
    Commissioner may issue a citation. The procedures for issuing,
    contesting, and enforcing judgments for citations or civil penalties
    issued by the Labor Commissioner for violations of this chapter shall
    be the same as those set forth in Section 1197.1.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, violations
    of this chapter shall not be misdemeanors under this code.

    Re age of child - federal law allows for up to 1 year after birth of child. I don't know of any law in Ca. (unless someone else does) that notes an age limit.

    P.S. I'm not in Ca. (not my state).
    Last edited by Betty3; 02-16-2012, 05:15 PM. Reason: add PS
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