Department of Labor Launches Efforts to Alert Employers of New Workplace Protections for Nursing Mothers

The newly enacted Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act extends the rights of nursing mothers to have time and a private space to pump breastmilk at work. Under the PUMP Act, more workers in more industries are now protected by the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new protections also expand remedies available to these workers if their employers do not comply with the law.

The campaign by the department’s Wage and Hour Division – which enforces the PUMP Act and the FLSA – provides information about worker protections for nursing mothers includes national outreach and a website providing guidance, fact sheets and other resources for workers and employers.

The PUMP Act includes the following provisions:

  • Extends rights and protections to have break time and space to pump breast milk at work to include millions of working women not previously covered by the FLSA.
  • Allows working women to take legal action and seek monetary remedies if their employer fails to comply with federal law.
  • Clarifies when an employer must pay the worker for time spent pumping breast milk if they are not completely relieved of work duties.