Maine Workplaces Support Nursing Moms Poster
The Maine Workplaces Support Nursing Moms is a labor law posters poster by the Maine Department Of Labor. This is an optional poster, so while it is recommended that you post this if it is relevant to your employees, you are not required to by the Department Of Labor.
Updated 3/2020. This poster is optional to post and describes the right that female employees have to unpaid breaks so they can nurse children up to 3 years of age and what accommodations employers may have to make for the nursing mothers. In addition, this poster also lists who to turn to should a nursing mother believes her rights have been violated as well as sources of more information regarding this topic.
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For more information or if you believe that your rights have been violated, contact: Maine Department of LaborBureau of Labor Standards 45 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0045 www.maine.gov/labor/bls 207-623-7900 or 207-623-7930 Maine Human Rights Commission www.maine.gov/mhrc/ or 207-624-6290 TTY users call Maine Relay 711 rev. 03/20 Maine Workplaces Support Nursing Moms Employers of nursing mothers, for three years after the birth of a child, must: • provide adequate unpaid break time, or permit an employee to use paid break or meal time each day to express breast milk for her nursing child. • make reasonable efforts to provide a clean room or other location, other than a bathroom, where an employee may express breast milk in privacy. An employer shall not retaliate or discriminate against an employee who exercises the right provided under this section. How can employers support nursing mothers? • Develop a workplace policy, including identifying who oversees implementation, and inform employees of new policy. • Identify a clean, private place with access to electric outlets and a chair. • Offer flexible breaks. What can employees do to make nursing in the workplace easier? • Understand Maine’s Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Law. • Create a “back to work” plan before your baby is born. • Determine scheduling and support needs and talk to your employer as soon as possible. • Do a workplace walk-through and suggest ideas. Why do Maine workplaces support nursing moms? • Average annual savings equals $400 per breastfed baby (lower medical costs with fewer health insurance claims). • Reduces employee turnover. • Lowers employee absenteeism. • Improves employee productivity. • Raises employee morale and company loyalty. Additional breastfeeding protection in Maine: The Nursing in Public Law (5MRSA §4634) provides protection for women who nurse in public. A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. For more information on working and pumping visit: WIC Nutrition Program: www.maine.gov/WIC or 1-800-437-9300 www.workandpump.comwww.llli.org An employer who is found to have violated this law through a hearing process must pay a civil penalty of $100– $500 for every violation. This document is a collaborative effort of the Maine WIC Nutrition Program and the Maine Department of Labor. This poster is available online at no charge and may be copied: https://www.maine.gov/labor/posters/ The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to people with disabilities upon request.
Other Maine Labor Law Posters 4 PDFS
There are an additional thirteen optional and mandatory Maine labor law posters that may be relevant to your business. Be sure to also print all relevant state labor law posters, as well as all mandatory federal labor law posters.
- Original poster PDF https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/posters/nursingmother.pdf , updated December 2022
- Maine Labor Law Posters at http://www.maine.gov/labor/posters/
- Maine Department Of Labor
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