Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act

On July 12, 2001, Governor George H. Ryan signed a bill creating the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. This law applies to employees who need to express breast milk during working hours for the nourishment of their infants, and it is effective immediately. This law is consistent with our desire to provide an environment that recognizes and supports the work/life needs of our employees.

Upon an employee's request, units should make a reasonable effort to provide a room or location within close proximity to the employee's work area, other than a toilet stall, where the mother can express milk in privacy. Location options could include making a private office or an employee lounge area with a locked door available to the nursing mother during specified periods of time.

Some employees have specified break times. Upon a request from an employee in this category, time to express milk must run concurrently with these break times, if possible.

Academic employee questions about this policy should be directed to Academic Human Resources, at 333-6747. Civil service employee questions about this policy should be directed to the Staff Human Resources Office, at 333-3105. Questions about room or location alternatives should be directed to the Office of Facility Management and Scheduling, at 244-4048.