DOL Seeks Public Comment on Nursing Mothers Law

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced this week that it is seeking public comment on its preliminary interpretation of a recent amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act that requires employers to provide nursing mothers with reasonable break time and a private space to express breast milk during the workday. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, “What the department is seeking to do is develop guidance for employers that will assist them in complying with this new law and that will support women who choose to continue nursing once they return to work. And with input from the public – including working mothers and employers – we’ll be successful in doing that.” Those wishing to submit comments can do so up until February 22, 2011 on the DOL’s website:

To learn more about the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law, check out my previous article on the subject here. For additional resources about the law, visit


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