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H.R. 3110: PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 22, 2021 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 75

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3110

[Report No. 117–102]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 11, 2021

(for herself, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Ms. Adams, and Ms. Underwood) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

July 22, 2021

Additional sponsors: Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Young, Ms. Norton, and Mr. Bacon

July 22, 2021

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on May 11, 2021


A BILL

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to expand access to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act or the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act.

2.

Breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace

(a)

Expanding employee access to break time and place

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in section 7, by striking subsection (r);

(2)

in section 15(a)—

(A)

by striking the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting ; and; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(6)

to violate any of the provisions of section 18D.

;

(3)

in section 16(b) by striking 7(r) each place the term appears and inserting 18D of this title; and

(4)

by inserting after section 18C the following:

18D.

Breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace

(a)

An employer shall provide—

(1)

a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk each time such employee has need to express breast milk for the 2-year period beginning on the date on which the circumstances related to such need arise; and

(2)

a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

(b)
(1)

Subject to paragraph (2), an employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving break time under subsection (a)(1) for any time spent during the workday for such purpose unless otherwise required by Federal or State law or municipal ordinance.

(2)

Break time provided under subsection (a)(1) shall be considered hours worked if the employee is not completely relieved from duty during the entirety of such break.

(c)

An employer that employs fewer than 25 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this section, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.

(d)

No provision of this section or of any order thereunder shall excuse noncompliance with any Federal or State law or municipal ordinance that provides greater protections to employees than the protections provided for under this section.

(e)
(1)

Subject to paragraph (2), before an employee commences an action to recover liability under section 16(b) for a violation of paragraph (a)(2), the employee shall inform the employer of the failure to provide adequate place and provide the employer with 10 calendar days after such notice is provided to come into compliance with subsection (a)(2) with respect to such employee.

(2)

Paragraph (1) shall not apply in the case that—

(A)

the employee has been discharged because the employee has made a request for break time or place under this section or has opposed any employer conduct related to this section; or

(B)

the employer has indicated that the employer has no intention of complying with subsection (a)(2).

(f)

The circumstances described in subsection (a)(1) arise if an employee—

(1)

begins providing breast milk for a nursing child; or

(2)

gives birth, including to—

(A)

a stillborn child; or

(B)

a child over whom the employee does not retain legal custody.

.

(b)

Clarifying remedies

Section 16(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 216(b)) is amended by striking 15(a)(3) each place the term appears and inserting 7(r) or 15(a)(3).

(c)

Guidance

Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall issue guidance with respect to employer compliance with section 18D of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended by this Act, which shall be similar, with respect to specific examples of compliance, to the guidance relating to Supporting Nursing Moms at Work published on the website of the Office on Women's Health of the Department of Health and Human Services as of such date of enactment.

3.

Effective date

(a)

Expanding access

The amendments made under section 2(a) shall take effect on the date that is 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Remedies and clarification

The amendments made under section 2(b) shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

July 22, 2021

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed