Over ten years ago, Connecticut became one of the first states to mandate that employers “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 milk in private.”
I’ve discussed that law in depth in a prior post here.
So, how’s the law holding up? Well, if a recent news report is to be believed, the answer is “pretty well”.
“Turns out, many companies provide clean, comfortable lactation rooms,” said the report.
Still, there appears to be room for improvement and sometimes the conditions vary wildly.
Thus, the March of Dimes has just started a “Healthy Babies Healthy Business initiative, raising the awareness of business benefits of a family-friendly work environment.
Companies can sign-up on for access to a free Intranet service that complements human resources departments. It provides standards for workplaces to support maternal and infant health, as well as education about nutrition and stress relief. Employees can access this system, currently used by Cigna, Ebay and Walmart, from work or home.
It’s a notable initiative and, having helped out the March of Dimes in the past, it’s nice to see that organization continuing its mission while providing support to businesses in the state.
Even if employers do not adapt that program, make sure you remain vigilant in ensuring access to private rooms for new mothers.
It’s not only good business. It’s the law too.