HR Matters

Lactation Room Laws

Effective Date: March 18, 2019

Employers Impacted: All clients with four or more employees working in New York City

New York City recently passed two laws (Int. No. 879-A and Int. No. 905-A) requiring employers to:

(i) provide lactation rooms for breastfeeding employees to express milk in the workplace; and

(ii) develop a lactation policy and processes for employees to request accommodations for nursing.

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City Family Planning Protection, NY

Effective Date: May 20, 2019

Employers Impacted: All employers with one or more employees working in New York City

Notice Requirement: Within 120 days of May 20, 2019, all existing employees, and thereafter all new employees at the start of employment must all be notified that the New York City (NYC) Council added “sexual and other reproductive health decisions” to the list of protected classes under the NYC Human Rights Law. (Please note, the NYC Human Rights site has not yet been updated with this new information.)