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Virginia “Break for Nursing Mothers” Bill Advances

A bipartisan bill to mandate a break for lactating mothers has cleared a sub-panel of the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

H.B. 1080 would require Virginia employers to provide a reasonable, unpaid break time for nursing moms to express breast milk for up to one year after a child’s birth. The bill would also require employers to provide a secluded space, other than a bathroom, for an employee to pump. The measure is sponsored by Hampton Roads Delegate, David Yancey (R-94) who says it addresses a concern first brought to his attention by moms in his district.

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