2,180: Support of Breastfeeding Employees

Revised: August 2012

In compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the University provides reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for one year after her child's birth. This policy is applicable to all employees even though the law only requires that hourly employees be covered.

For up to one year after the child's birth, any employee who is breastfeeding her child will be provided reasonable break times to express breast milk for her newborn. It is recommended that if at all possible a space within the employee's general office area be used. This could be the employee's office, a spare office or another room which would be secure and appropriate.

If no space is available near the employee's normal workspace, the employee can use one of several Lactation Rooms on campus.

  • Cain Hall, Room R201A
  • Mathewson/IGT Knowledge Center (Mathewson Building employees only)
  • Ansari Business Building, Room 413A

Rules for use of the room and the refrigerator are posted in the room. Employees using the room should leave the room in the same condition as when they entered the room. Expressed milk must be labeled and should be removed from the refrigerator each day.

Each of the employee's two normal break periods during an eight hour shift may be extended to twenty (20) minutes for the purpose of expressing breast milk. The employee may use their unpaid lunch period as well. If additional time beyond the two twenty minute break periods and the unpaid lunch period is needed, the employee must use annual, sick or unpaid leave to cover the additional time away from work. The normal leave request form should be used for this purpose.