JD Supra Features Article by Sal Gangemi and Alyssa Ferreone on New York State's Expansion of Lactation Accommodation Requirements for Employers
December 19, 2022
As the authors note, on December 9, Governor Hochul signed legislation expanding New York’s required accommodations for breastfeeding in the workplace. The new law takes effect 180 days after signing, on June 7, 2023.
New York employers were already required to provide employees with reasonable break times and to make reasonable efforts to provide a space for employees to pump breast milk.
The new law expands the existing accommodations by requiring all New York employers to provide employees with convenient access to a private pumping space that includes access to running water, electricity and a working space.
Employers are also required to adopt a written policy regarding employee rights when breastfeeding in the workplace and must provide this written policy to employees at the time they are hired and annually thereafter.