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California: Accommodation requirement changes for nursing mother breaks go into effect

January 1, 2019

On September 30, 2018, Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1976. The new law makes changes to employers’ obligations to nursing mothers. California law requires employers to provide employees who are nursing mothers reasonable break time through the workday to express breast milk. Prior to the change, employers were required to provide these employees with the use of a room or other location other than a toilet stall to take their break. The new law changes the location requirement so that employers must provide employees who are nursing with a location that meets minimum requirements such as that the location is used only for lactation purposes while an employee expresses milk. The new law also creates specific requirements for agricultural employers. Employers who can demonstrate to the Department of Industrial Relations that the new requirements would cause a hardship may be allowed to comply with the prior, less strict requirements.

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January 1, 2019
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