New Jersey Enacts New Law to Protect Breastfeeding Employees
On January 8, 2017, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a package of new protections for workers who breastfeed on the job. The law, which amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), prohibits employers from firing or discriminating against employees for breastfeeding or expressing milk during the workday. The new law is in effect now, and it provides the following:
- Employers are required to provide reasonable break time for breastfeeding employees to breastfeed an infant child or to express milk.
- Employers are required to provide a suitable location, other than a bathroom stall, for employees to breastfeed or express milk. This location must be near the employee’s work area.
- Employers are required to accommodate breastfeeding employees unless the employer can show that the accommodation would be an undue hardship for the business.