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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1834         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 926

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Susan C. Fargo

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An act relative to family friendly employers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Susan C. Fargo

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1834        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 926

By Ms. Fargo, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 926) of Susan C. Fargo for legislation relative to family friendly employers.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An act relative to family friendly employers.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 105D, the following section:-

              Section 105E.  (a) For purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:-

              “Employee”, an employee as defined in section 1 of chapter 151B.

              “Employer”, an employer as defined in section 1 of chapter 151B.

              “Labor organization”, a labor organization as defined in section 1 of chapter 151B.

              (b) No employer or labor organization shall prohibit an employee from expressing breast milk during any meal period or other break period required by law to be provided by the employer or required by a collective bargaining agreement.  Employers and labor organizations shall also provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her child.  If possible, the break time for breastfeeding shall run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee.  The employer or labor organization shall 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 can express her breast milk in privacy.  An employer or labor organization is not required to provide break time for breastfeeding by an employee under this section if to do so would unduly disrupt the operations of the employer or labor organization.

              (c) It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer or labor organization, because an employee expresses milk at the workplace, to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from employment such employee or to discriminate against such employee in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification. 

              (d) Violation of this section shall be subject to the second paragraph of section 150 and to section 180.  An employer or labor organization shall be not liable for a violation of this section if reasonable efforts have been made to comply with its provisions.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit employers or labor organizations from establishing internal rules and guidelines for employees who may wish to breastfeed or express breast milk in the workplace.  

              SECTION 2.  (a) The executive office of health and human services shall maintain and make available for public inspection a list of businesses in the commonwealth and covered by this act that it designates as accommodating the needs of lactating women in the workplace.  A business seeking such designation may submit its lactation policies to the executive office of health and human services.  

              (b) The executive office of health and human services shall develop a unique identifying mark or name to distinguish those designated businesses that accommodating the needs of lactating women in the workplace and a business may use such mark or name in its promotional materials, if the business develops and implements a written policy supporting the practice of workplace lactation which includes the following elements:

              (1) work schedule flexibility, including scheduling breaks and work patterns to provide time for expression of milk;

              (2) the provision of accessible locations allowing privacy other than a bathroom stall;

              (3) access to an electrical outlet; and

              (4) access near to a clean, safe water source and a sink for washing hands and any needed breast-pumping equipment; and

              (5) access to hygienic storage in the workplace for the mother's breast milk.

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