FDA has provided notice to NTEU of a proposed Nursing Mother’s Policy for FDA/ORA. The policy highlights the agency’s responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide private space and breaks for expressing milk.
According to the policy, employees will be permitted to use facility refrigerators for milk storage or may bring a personal cooler. Additionally, supervisors will be responsible for informing employees about the worksite’s lactation support program and helping facilitate each employee’s infant feeding goals. The policy sets forth that lactating employees may be exempted from domestic and foreign overnight travel for a period of three (3) months after the employee returns to work, or longer where a request for a reasonable accommodation is approved under FMLA.
NTEU has requested a briefing and to bargain this policy.
Please share your questions or concerns about the policy with me as soon as possible.