San Francisco supports working moms with nation’s ‘strongest’ lactation policy


In a move that San Francisco supervisor Katy Tang has hailed for creating what she considers to be the strongest lactation policy in the nation, on Tuesday supervisors for the city approved a bill that would require employers to provide new mothers with a clean lactation area with space for a chair and a pump. The measure would build upon federal and state laws that already require employers to make an effort to provide employees with lactation breaks.

“We’re talking about something that is so basic, it’s almost sad we have to legislate it,” said Julia Parish of Legal Aid at Work, which worked with Tang on the measure. “This is about working moms providing food for their babies.”

While some have complained that the bill could burden small business owners, Dee Dee Workman, vice president of public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber had worked hard with Tang to ensure that employers need not necessarily give up retail space for new mothers. In the absence of a private space, Workman said, employers could screen off an area of their office instead.

“Especially for small businesses that struggle to hire in San Francisco, they’re looking for good, stable, happy employees,” Workman explained. “And if somebody needs the accommodation, they do their best to accommodate them.”

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