Changes to California Labor and Employment Law for 2020

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Changes to California Labor and Employment Law for 2020

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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:

  • Employers shall provide breaks each time an employee needs to express milk, whether or not it coincides with regular break times
  • Lactation rooms should be in close proximity to the workspace of the employee
  • The lactation room should be free from intrusion and shielded from the view of others
  • The room must have a place to sit down, have a surface on which the employee can place a breast pump and other items, be clean and safe, and have electrical access to charge and use breast pumps
  • There should be a working sink and refrigerator in close proximity for the employee to store milk
  • A room set aside for lactation should not be used for other purposes while an employee is expressing milk, and lactation use should take precedence over other uses

Speak with an Employment Lawyer in Walnut Creek Today

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.

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