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5.2.15 Nursing Mothers

The archdiocese will provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate an employee who wants to express breast milk for her infant child. The break time shall, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. Break time for a non-exempt employee that does not run concurrently with that employee’s authorized rest time will be unpaid.

 Locations shall provide a nursing employee with the use of a room -- other than a bathroom -- or other space for her to express milk in private.   The room must:

  • ​Be in close proximity to the employee’s work area, shielded from view, and free from intrusion while she is expressing milk
  • Be safe, clean, and free of hazardous materials
  • Contain a surface to place a breast pump and personal items
  • Have a place to sit
  • Have access to electricity or alternative devices, including, but not limited to, extension cords or charging stations, needed to operate an electric or battery-powered breast pump.
Locations shall provide access to a sink with running water and a refrigerator suitable for storing milk in close proximity to the employee’s workspace. If a refrigerator cannot be provided, locations may provide another cooling device suitable for storing milk, such as an employer-provided cooler.  Where a multipurpose room is used for lactation, among other uses, the use of the room for lactation shall take precedence over the other uses, but only for the time it is in use for lactation purposes.

Locations are not required to provide additional break time if doing so would seriously disrupt archdiocesan operations.​

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