Updated: Minnesota Lactation Breaks

In May 2014, Minnesota’s governor signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act. The new law is aimed at improving working conditions for women. This provision has been updated to reflect the statute, which requires employers to provide a private area shielded from view and free from intrusion by coworkers and the public. Further, the legislative change mandates that the private areas include access to an electrical outlet for expressing breast milk and allows employees to bring a civil suit to enforce their rights and requires employers with at least 22 employees to provide reasonable minor accommodations.