GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 619. RIGHT TO EXPRESS BREAST MILKIN THE WORKPLACE
	
					

GOVERNMENT CODE


TITLE 6. PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES


SUBTITLE A. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES


CHAPTER 619. RIGHT TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK


IN THE WORKPLACE


Sec. 619.001. DEFINITION. In this chapter, "public employer" means:

(1) a county, a municipality, or another political subdivision of this state, including a school district; or

(2) a board, a commission, an office, a department, or another agency in the executive, judicial, or legislative branch of state government, including an institution of higher education.

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 786), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 619.002. RIGHT TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK. An employee of a public employer is entitled to express breast milk at the employee's workplace.

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 786), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 619.003. POLICY ON EXPRESSING BREAST MILK. (a) A public employer shall develop a written policy on the expression of breast milk by employees under this chapter.

(b) A policy developed under Subsection (a) must state that the public employer shall:

(1) support the practice of expressing breast milk; and

(2) make reasonable accommodations for the needs of employees who express breast milk.

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 786), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 619.004. PUBLIC EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES. A public employer shall:

(1) provide a reasonable amount of break time for an employee to express breast milk each time the employee has need to express the milk; and

(2) provide a place, other than a multiple user bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from other employees and the public where the employee can express breast milk.

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 786), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 619.005. DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED. A public employer may not suspend or terminate the employment of, or otherwise discriminate against, an employee because the employee has asserted the employee's rights under this chapter.

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 786), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 619.006. NO CAUSE OF ACTION CREATED. This chapter does not create a private or state cause of action against a public employer.

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 786), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.