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New York Adds Paid Break Time for Nursing Employees

The state of New York has passed a new budget bill that, in part, requires employers to provide paid breaks for breastfeeding employees to express milk.

Currently, employers must offer reasonable unpaid break time for breastfeeding employees to express milk at least once every three hours, or more frequently if reasonably requested by the employee. Under the amended law, employers must provide 30 minutes of paid break time for such purposes, and must permit employees to use other paid breaks or meal time to express breast milk whenever they reasonably need to, for any duration exceeding 30 minutes.

The amended law will take effect on June 19, 2024.