Workplace Pumping at Risk in this Election
The focus of the Nationwide Nurse-In is on breastfeeding and the law. We avoid taking political stances unless they directly affect breastfeeding law. We have been trying very hard to not get involved in #Election2016 because of how polarizing it has become.
Unfortunately, breastfeeding law is at risk in this election and we feel it's important that all our followers know in what way.
The Affordable Care Act has been at the heart of many political debates this year.
Some candidates say they want it repealed in all its pieces and some say they want to rework portions of it. No politician has yet made a public statement about this law and if it will be retained if the ACA is reworked or what will replace the law if the ACA is repealed.
*If the Affordable Care Act were repealed in all its pieces, the federal law that provides women with the right to pump in the workplace would be gone.
Women would lose the protections of the Federal Workplace Pumping Law and for many this would mean that they would lose the ability to pump milk for their children while at work.
The Affordable Care Act was signed in to law on March 23rd, 2010. In part, it amended the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) to provide mother's with “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” “... a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” 29 U.S.C. 207(r).
If this amendment were removed, women would no longer have these rights under federal law. Many states do not have workplace pumping laws on the books and as a result, many working mothers would be left with no protection at all.
It would be a huge blow to women all across the country who rely on this law to provide their baby with the nourishment they need.
If you believe the Affordable Care Act should be repealed, it's important to know the stance of all the people up for election this November, especially of your local politicians. Learn about who will make a new workplace pumping law a priority so mothers aren't left vulnerable.
Please get out and vote this November!
What is your candidate's position on workplace pumping? Call and ask if there is not a position statement available.