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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Mothers in the Workplace Act amended

    January 13, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Effective June 7, 2023, the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act is amended to provide specifications for lactation rooms and new policy requirements for employers. Among other provisions, employers will be required to provide affected employees with a location to express breast milk that is in close proximity to their workspace, well lit and shielded from view, and free from intrusion of other persons. The room must include a chair, a working surface, nearby access to water, access to an electrical outlet, and access to refrigeration to store breast milk (if otherwise provided by the employer).

    Employers must also adopt a “Lactation Accommodation Policy,” which complies with the law and which must be distributed upon hire and upon an employee’s return from leave following childbirth. It must also be distributed to all employees annually. New York State will be developing a sample policy, which should come out later in the year.

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."