What is the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, and how does it differ from the 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act?
The US Congress passed the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act on December 29, 2022.
Prior to the PUMP Act, the 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act gave hourly employees the right to take lactation breaks during work. Employers were required to provide reasonable break times and private, non-bathroom spaces for lactating employees to pump. However, approximately 25% of lactating individuals were not covered by the Break Time Law, particularly salaried employees.
The PUMP Act expands the right to pump breaks in appropriate spaces for nearly all lactating workers. The PUMP Act, which goes into effect April 28th, 2023, also makes it possible for an employee to file a lawsuit against their employer when the law is violated.