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Such great news! Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council (aka BBIC) just released a White Paper on the US Health Care Reform that helps employers comply to the new legislation and implement a Breastfeeding Policy in their workplace.
We are excited about this because it helps women across the US get the support they need to successfully breastfeed when they return to work – which is a huge win for all women!
Release Date: August 24 2010 | Click here to download the PDF.
The Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council (BBIC) was formed in 2009 by Bravado Designs to disseminate timely, accurate and non-judgmental information on breastfeeding-related topics to the media, industry and key influencers.
With leading-edge data built from an extensive database of more than 80,000 nursing women and an expert advisory board consisting of the best brains in breastfeeding, the BBIC supports a positive breastfeeding experience for all women in North America. The first of its kind, the BBIC is connected, credible and committed.
The Federal Healthcare Reform Act signed by President Obama in March 2010 requires companies of morethan 50 employees to support nursing mothers who would like to express breast milk at their place of work up until the child’s first birthday.
President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, on March 23rd and the Reconciliation Act of 2010, H.R. 4872, on March 30, 2010. Among many provisions, the law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S. Code 207) to require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has the need to express milk. The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time for any work time spent for such purpose. The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk. If these requirements impose undue hardship, an employer that employs less than 50 employees is not subject to these requirements. Furthermore, these requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees.
Even if your company has less than 50 employees, it isn’t complicated or expensive to implement a breastfeeding policy.
The BBIC has prepared this simple, straightforward and practical guide to implementing a breastfeeding policy in your workplace.