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Connecticut Adds Protections for Breastfeeding Workers

Governor Ned Lamont has signed into law additional protections for breastfeeding workers. Connecticut law already requires all employers to “make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet” where an employee can express milk in private and prohibits discrimination or retaliation against employees who have elected to exercise their rights to breastfeed or express breast milk at work.

Effective October 1, 2021, the additional provisions require, absent undue hardship, that the provided room or location:

  • Be free from intrusion and shielded from the public while such employee expresses breast milk;
  • Include or be situated near a refrigerator or employee-provided portable cold storage device in which the employee can store breast milk; and
  • Include access to an electrical outlet.

Employers should review their lactation accommodation policies and procedures to ensure compliance with these new changes.

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