Illinois: New Accommodations for Lactating Mothers


Employers with 5 or more IL Employees


August 21, 2018


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Governor Rauner recently signed HB 1595 revising employer requirements for accommodating lactating mothers. Specifically, employers must now provide “reasonable break time” each time an employee needs to expresses milk for up to one year after the child’s birth, unless doing so would create an “undue hardship” on the employer. Employers have the burden to prove an undue hardship based on the nature and cost of the accommodation, overall financial resources of the facility and employer, and type of operation of the employer. Further, the employee’s break time “may” run concurrently with break time already provided, but is not required to.