Georgia passed HB 1090 on August 5, 2020, which requires employers to provide reasonable break time to working mothers who desire to express breast milk at their worksite during working hours.
The new law also requires employers to provide working mothers with a private location, other than a restroom, where they can express milk.
And in contrast to existing Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it requires that the lactation breaks be paid at the employee’s regular rate and eliminates the one-year time limit on granting lactation breaks.
Similar to the federal law, a carve out exists in the Georgia state law for employers with fewer than 50 employees allowing exemption from any requirement of this Code section that 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
If you need assistance updating your employee handbooks to ensure compliance with this new law, please reach out to MarathonHR for assistance.