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Policy 809 - Accommodation of Nursing Mothers

Section: Work Environment
Policy Number: 809
Responsible Office: HR Services
Effective Date: 08/15/07
Revised: 11/08/10


This policy applies to all staff, administrators and faculty who are employed on any New York campus of the University.


In accordance with New York Law, St. John’s University will accommodate a nursing mother’s right to express breast milk in the workplace for up to three years following the birth of a child. The University shall work with the requesting employee to provide a private location, other than a bathroom, that is in close proximity to the work area, where the employee can express milk in privacy, and to provide a milk storage refrigerator. Federal law requires that the location be shielded from view and free from intrusion by coworkers and the public. The employee may use reasonable unpaid break time each time she needs to express milk, or use such paid break time or meal time as provided by University policy. (Refer to policy #803 Meals and Breaks, applicable to non-exempt employees.)

Nursing mothers are protected under the law against discrimination for exercising their right to express breast milk in the workplace.


To secure the accommodations provided for in this policy, employees or supervisors should contact a member of the Human Resources Services team at extension 1502. HR Services will work with departments as the need arises to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made.


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