Policy 809 - Lactation Accommodation for Nursing Mothers

Section: Work Environment
Policy Number: 809
Responsible Office: HR Services
Effective Date: 8/15/07
Revised: 11/8/10; 3/18/19


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


Upon request, the University will provide a space to an employee and designate it as a “Lactation Room” where the employee can pump during work hours.   The “Lactation Room” will be a sanitary place, other than a restroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion that includes at minimum an electrical outlet, a chair, a surface on which to place a breast pump and other personal items, and nearby access to running water.  The designated “Lactation Room” will be in reasonably proximity to the employee’s work area.  The University will also provide access to a refrigerator suitable for breast milk storage that is in reasonable proximity to the employee’s work area.  When not being utilized as a “Lactation Room,” the University may utilize the space for other purposes.

The University will provide reasonable unpaid break time or permit an employee to use paid break time or meal time each day to allow the employee to express breast milk, as required by New York State Labor Law Section 206-c.  (Refer to policy #803 Meals and Breaks, applicable to non-exempt employees.)


To request a “Lactation Room,” an employee should contact a member of the Human Resources Services team at 718-990-1865 (press option 7).  As quickly as possible, but not later than five (5) business days, HR Services will work with the employee to secure a “Lactation Room.”  When two or more employees need to use the same “Lactation Room” at the same time, HR Services will work with both employees to reach a satisfactory accommodation.  If the request for a “Lactation Room” poses an undue hardship on the University, HR Services will engage in a cooperative dialogue with the employee.


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