Interesting Cleveland Plain-Dealer story: Lawyer Dean Boland has testified as a defense expert in three child-pornography cases in Northeast Ohio.
The law clarifies that lewd conduct, lewd touching, immoral conduct, indecent conduct, and similar terms do not include the act of a woman breastfeeding a child in a public or private location where the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be.
SB Alaska House Concurrent Resolution 18 encourages hospitals and birthing facilities in the state to participate in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and to support breastfeeding. Acts, Act ; HB Ark. Acts, ActHB Ark. These provisions are gender-neutral.
The law provides that, for purposes of the act, the term sex also includes breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding. No screening tests are required to be performed on human milk collected from a mother exclusively for her own child.
The department shall also develop a training course of hospital policies and recommendations that promote exclusive breastfeeding and specify staff for whom this model training is appropriate. The recommendation is targeted at hospitals with exclusive patient breastfeeding rates ranked in the lowest 25 percent of the state.
The law also establishes the Hospital Infant Feeding Act, which requires all general acute care hospitals and special hospitals that have perinatal units to have an infant-feeding policy and to clearly post that policy in the perinatal unit or on the hospital or health system website.
The law requires the policy to be applied to all infants in a perinatal unit and routinely communicated to perinatal unit staff.
Colo state writing Concurrent Resolution encourages the state and employers to support and encourage the practice of breastfeeding by striving to accommodate the needs of employees, and by ensuring that employees are provided with adequate facilities for breastfeeding and expressing milk for their children.
The resolution memorializes the governor to declare by executive order that all state employees be provided with adequate facilities for breast feeding and expressing milk.
AB Cal. SB Colorado Colo. The law also allows a mother to breastfeed in any place she has a right to be. The law also requires the Department of Labor and Employment to provide, on its website, information and links to other websites where employers can access information regarding methods to accommodate nursing mothers in the workplace.
The law requires the judicial branch to maintain information regarding jury services, including information for breastfeeding women about their ability to postpone jury service or request a reasonable accommodation be made, on its website.
SB Delaware Del. The law also specifies that an employer shall provide reasonable daily unpaid break periods, as required by the employee, so that the employee may express breast milk for her child.
These break periods shall run concurrently with any break periods that may already be provided to the employee. Requires that an employer make reasonable efforts to provide a sanitary room or other location, other than a bathroom or toilet stall, where an employee can express her breast milk in privacy and security.
The location may include a childcare facility in close proximity to the employee's work location. The employer is not required to provide break time if to do so would unduly disrupt the workplace operations.
The law prohibits employers to forbid an employee from expressing breast milk during any meal period or other break period. HB Hawaii Rev. The law allows a private cause of action for any person who is injured by a discriminatory practice under this act.
The law also requires employers to post notice of the application of this law in a conspicuous place accessible to employees. The law provides that a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be; a mother who breastfeeds in a place of worship shall follow the appropriate norms within that place of worship.
Requires that employers provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to employees who need to express breast milk.
The law also requires employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express her milk in privacy. SB Ill. Senate Resolution recognizes the unique health, economic, and societal benefits that breastfeeding provides to babies, mothers, families and the community and resolves the state of Illinois to work to ensure that barriers to initiation and continuation of breastfeeding are removed and that a women's right to breastfeed is upheld.
HB Ill. House Resolution urges departments that assist families and children to offer and promote educational materials about breastfeeding.
SB Indiana Ind. The law also provides that employers with more than 25 employees must provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express the employee's breast milk in private and if possible to provide a refrigerator for storing breast milk that has been expressed.
Requires that breastfeeding may not be considered an act of public indecency, indecent exposure, sexual conduct, lewd touching or obscenity.
Prohibits a municipality from enacting an ordinance that prohibits or restricts breastfeeding in a public or private place. House Concurrent Resolution 52 requests the department of health and hospitals to study the feasibility of establishing a breast milk bank at a hospital in northeast Louisiana.
The study shall also include information about any cost savings to the Medicaid program by creating a breast milk bank. The school must also provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate an employee needing to express breast milk for up to one year following the birth of her child.
HB Maine Me. The employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a clean place, other than a bathroom, where an employee may express breast milk in privacy.
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