Vermont H.641: An Act Relating to Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 21 V.S.A. § 305 is added to read:

§ 305. NURSING MOTHERS IN THE WORKPLACENursing Mothers Icon

(a) For an employee who is a nursing mother for up to three years after the birth of a child, the employer shall:

(1) Provide uncompensated time throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child.

(2) Make a reasonable accommodation to provide appropriate private space that is not a bathroom stall or a small storage area.

(b) An employer may be exempted from the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if providing time for expressing breast milk would seriously disrupt the employer’s operations.

(c) An employer shall not discriminate against an employee who exercises the rights provided under this section.

Sec. 2. 21 V.S.A. § 303 is amended to read:

§ 303. PENALTY

Any employer who violates the provisions of this subchapter shall be fined assessed a civil penalty of not more than $100.00 for each and every violation.

Sec. 3. 4 V.S.A. § 1102 is amended to read:

§ 1102. JUDICIAL BUREAU; JURISDICTION

(b) The judicial bureau shall have jurisdiction of the following matters:

(14) Violations of 21 V.S.A. § 305, relating to employment practices for nursing mothers in the workplace.

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