Many laws affecting labor and employment will go into effect on January 1, 2020, in California. One law gives additional rights to female employees who are lactating, and all employers should be fully ready to comply with the law at the start of the year.
Federal law already requires employers to provide “reasonable break time” for employees who need to express milk while at work, as well as a private space – other than a bathroom – to do so. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also previously prohibited employers from discriminating against lactating employees as part of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). California also had general laws protecting employees who are lactating.
This year, however, California followed the lead of localities like San Francisco and enacted laws providing more detailed rights to employees. The following are some of the rights provided as of January 1:
At Yudien Law Firm, P.C., we advise companies on how to comply with changing labor and employment laws in California. Please call 925.472.0600 or contact us online to consult with a Walnut Creek employment attorney.