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How does the PUMP Act protect mothers in the workplace?

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2023 | employee rights |

The signing of the PUMP Act expanded protection to about 9 million women, according to the Center for American Progress.

Juggling the roles of a working mom can be tough, but the PUMP Act steps in to protect the rights of working mothers in the United States. This law is all about making sure that moms who need to breastfeed while they are on the job get the help and protection they deserve.

PUMP Act explained

The PUMP Act stands for Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers. It is a unique piece of legislation that lawmakers designed to assist employed mothers who require a private space to express breast milk while on the job. This law specifically mandates that employers provide mothers with a designated, non-bathroom area for milk expression and also ensures that they receive sufficient break time to fulfill this need.

Application of the act

These rules apply to all types of employees, whether they receive a salary or an hourly wage, and they cover all employers, from big companies to small businesses. Plus, the PUMP Act protects moms for up to a year after they have a baby, understanding that they might need this support for a while.

Another important aspect of the PUMP Act is it prevents employers from acting in an unfair manner towards employees who need to express breastmilk while at work. Employers cannot fire or punish them for using their rights under this law.

The PUMP Act is a big step toward creating a work environment that is kinder to working mothers. By helping them do what they need to do and still have a job, it is a win-win for moms and employers. This law promotes a better balance between work and life, making our workplaces more diverse and fair for everyone.