Chief Sponsor: Justin J. Miller

Senate Sponsor: Jani Iwamoto


8     General Description:
9          This bill enacts language related to the accommodation of public employees who are
10     breastfeeding.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     defines terms;
14          ▸     requires a public employer to:
15               •     provide reasonable breaks for a public employee who is breastfeeding;
16               •     provide a public employee access to a room with privacy and a refrigerator for
17     breastfeeding purposes; and
18               •     adopt policies to support breastfeeding; and
19          ▸     prohibits a public employer from discriminating against an employee who is
20     breastfeeding in the workplace.
21     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
22          None
23     Other Special Clauses:
24          None
25     Utah Code Sections Affected:
26     ENACTS:
27          34-49-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953

28          34-49-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
29          34-49-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30          34-49-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
31          34-49-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32          34-49-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953

34     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35          Section 1. Section 34-49-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

38          34-49-101. Title.
39          (1) This chapter is known as "Nursing Mothers in the Workplace."
40          (2) This part is known as "General Provisions."
41          Section 2. Section 34-49-102 is enacted to read:
42          34-49-102. Definitions.
43          As used in this chapter:
44          (1) "Public employee" means a person:
45          (a) employed by a public employer; and
46          (b) who is breastfeeding.
47          (2) "Public employer" means the following entities:
48          (a) a department, division, board, council, committee, institution, office, bureau, or
49     other similar administrative unit of the executive branch of state government;
50          (b) a municipality;
51          (c) a county;
52          (d) a school district; or
53          (e) an institution of higher education as described in Section 53B-2-101.
54          Section 3. Section 34-49-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Breastfeeding in the Workplace

56          34-49-201. Title.
57          This part is known as "Breastfeeding in the Workplace."
58          Section 4. Section 34-49-202 is enacted to read:

59          34-49-202. Reasonable breaks and private room required.
60          (1) (a) A public employer shall:
61          (i) provide for at least one year after the birth of a public employee's child reasonable
62     breaks for each time the public employee needs to breast feed or express milk; and
63          (ii) consult with the public employee to determine the frequency and duration of the
64     breaks.
65          (b) A break required under Subsection (1)(a) shall, to the extent possible, run
66     concurrent with any other break period otherwise provided to the public employee.
67          (2) (a) A public employer shall provide for a public employee a room or other location
68     in close proximity to the public employee's work area.
69          (b) The room described in Subsection (2)(a):
70          (i) may not be a bathroom or toilet stall; and
71          (ii) shall:
72          (A) be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition;
73          (B) provide privacy shielded from the view of and intrusion from coworkers or the
74     public;
75          (C) be available at the times and for a duration required by the public employee as
76     determined in consultation with the public employee under Subsection (1)(a)(ii); and
77          (D) have an electrical outlet.
78          (3) A public employer shall provide access to a clean and well-maintained refrigerator
79     or freezer for the temporary storage of the public employee's breast milk.
80          Section 5. Section 34-49-203 is enacted to read:
81          34-49-203. Policies.
82          A public employer shall adopt written policies that:
83          (1) support breastfeeding; and
84          (2) identify the means by which the public employer will comply with Section
85     34-49-202.
86          Section 6. Section 34-49-204 is enacted to read:
87          34-49-204. Discrimination prohibited.
88          A public employer may not refuse to hire, promote, discharge, demote, or terminate a
89     person, or may not retaliate against, harass, or discriminate in matters of compensation or in

90     terms, privileges, and conditions of employment against a person otherwise qualified because
91     the person breastfeeds or expresses milk in the workplace.

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