Workplace Accommodation - Nursing Mothers
By Walter J. Liszka
In 2001, specifically July 12, 2001, the State of Illinois put in place legislation dealing with Nursing Mothers in the Workplace (820 ILCS 260/1,
et seq.). This legislation required Employers, who had six (6) or more employees, to allow nursing mothers "reasonable unpaid break time each day" to express breast milk for their infant children. The Law also required that to provide this opportunity for nursing mothers, the Employer had to make "reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where the employee could express her milk in privacy." (820 ILCS 260/15)
Recently, Governor Rauner signed some amendments to the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, which expands the obligations of Employers.