Workplace Breastfeeding Bill on Track to Pass Legislature

May, 2007

On May 7, 2007, the Oregon State Senate passed House Bill 2372 which requires employers with 25 or more employees to provide "reasonable unpaid rest periods to accommodate an employee who needs to express milk for her child." Unless otherwise agreed by the employer and employee, the employer must provide a 30-minute unpaid rest period for every four hours worked, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of an employer's business.

Determining if an undue hardship exists depends on the several factors, including the organization size and expense of allowing such a rest period. The Bill also requires employers to take reasonable efforts to provide a private space (other than a public restroom or toilet stall) for the employee to express milk. If feasible, the employee must take the rest period to express milk at the same time as rest and meal periods provided to other employees.

The House passed this Bill earlier this spring, but because the Senate made slight changes it must go back to the House for approval. It is expected to pass without problem. Governor Kulongoski indicated he will sign the Bill into law when it passes the House.


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