Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has approved an amendment to the current law providing break time for nursing mothers. The revision, which will become effective as of January 1, 2022, addresses break periods and qualifications for nursing mothers.
The current law allows nursing mothers reasonable break times, each day, to express milk. Employers may not reduce pay for time used for this purpose and the time may be counted as a regular break period. The amendment helps to clarify that employers are prohibited from docking pay for these break periods. Lactation breaks may still be counted as regular break periods and do not need to be separate. New language included in the amendment will limit the duration to one year following the birth of the child. If separate break periods are provided, they must be paid.
In addition to break periods, the amendment to Minnesota Statute Section 181.939, will impact a larger number of employers. Currently, the law applies to companies with 21 or more employees; the amended version will apply to companies with 15 or more employees. There will no longer be a length of service requirement or number of hours worked requirement for employees to qualify.
It is anticipated that there will be new posting requirements as the effective date draws closer. MRA will be sure to update our member resources and our 24/7 Hotline is always available to answer your questions by calling 866.484.6854 or by emailing InfoNow@mranet.org.