South Carolina: New Lactation Break Requirements


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August 24, 2020


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The South Carolina Lactation Support Act (the “Act”) requires employers in South Carolina to make reasonable efforts to provide employees time and space to express breast milk for a one-year period following a nursing child’s birth.  The Act brings South Carolina’s local law in alignment with federal requirements to provide lactation accommodations, with some minor differences.

Employers must provide both exempt and non-exempt employees reasonable break time to express milk, or allow employees to utilize existing paid break or mealtime to do so.  Where possible, lactation breaks should run concurrently with existing employer-provided break time.  Employers are also responsible for providing a private location for a lactating employee’s use.  The Act clarifies that employers need not build a separate room, but the private location cannot be a toilet stall and should be in close proximity to the lactating employee’s work area.  Employers may be exempt from providing lactation breaks if doing so would cause an unreasonable burden.

Action Items

  1. Review the FAQ here.
  2. Train supervisory staff on addressing requests for lactation breaks or accommodations from employees.
  3. Review handbook and written policy documents for compliance with the Act.
  4. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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