Public Breastfeeding Law
” Sec. 165.002. RIGHT TO BREAST-FEED. A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be. Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 600, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.”
Work Place Pumping Law
relating to the right of a public employee to express breast milk in the workplace.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTIONA1.AASubtitle A, Title 6, Government Code, is amended by adding Chapter 619 to read as follows:
CHAPTER 619. RIGHT TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK IN THE WORKPLACE Sec.A619.001.AADEFINITION.
In this chapter, "public employer" means: (1)A county, a municipality, or another political subdivision of this state, including a school district; or (2)A board, a commission, an office, a department, or another agency in the executive, judicial, or legislative branch of state government, including an institution of higher education.
Sec.A619.002.AA RIGHT TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK.
An employee of a public employer is entitled to express breast milk at the employee ’s workplace. Sec.A619.003.AAPOLICY ON EXPRESSING BREAST MILK.
(a) A public employer shall develop a written policy on the expression of breast milk by employees under this chapter. (b) policy developed under Subsection (a) must state that the public employer shall:
(1) support the practice of expressing breast milk and (2) make reasonable accommodations for the needs of employees who express breast milk.
Sec.A619.004.AAPUBLIC EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES. A public employer shall:
(1) provide a reasonable amount of break time for an employee to express breast milk each time the employee has need to express the milk; and
(2) provide a place, other than a multiple user bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from other employees and the public where the employee can express breast milk.
A public employer may not suspend or terminate the employment of, or otherwise discriminate against, an employee because the employee has asserted the employee ’s rights under this chapter.
Sec.A619.006.AANO CAUSE OF ACTION CREATED.
This chapter does not create a private or state cause of action against a public employer. SECTIONA2.AAThis Act takes effect September 1, 2015”