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AB-1025 Lactation accommodation.(2001-2002)

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Assembly Bill No. 1025
CHAPTER 821

An act to add Chapter 3.8 (commencing with Section 1030) to Part 3 of Division 2 of the Labor Code, relating to employment.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  October 13, 2001. Approved by Governor  October 12, 2001. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1025, Frommer. Lactation accommodation.
Existing law imposes various requirements upon employers concerning safety, working conditions, and other matters regarding the workplace, but no requirement upon private employers to accommodate employees desiring to express breast milk.
This bill would require employers to provide a reasonable amount of break time to employees desiring to express milk. The break time would be required to run concurrently, if possible, with any break time already provided. The bill would provide further that in the event it is not possible for the break time for expressing milk to run concurrently with the break time that is already provided to the employee, the break time for expressing milk shall be unpaid. Employers would also be required to provide the use of a room, or other location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the employees’ work area. The bill would permit the room or other location provided by employers to employees for the purpose of expressing milk to include the place where the employee normally works as long as that location meets the bill’s other requirements.
This bill would exempt an employer from its requirements if the employer’s operations would be seriously disrupted by providing break time to employees desiring to express milk. The bill would subject employers who violate these provisions to specified civil penalties and would authorize the Labor Commissioner to issue citations for such violations. The bill further provides procedures for issuing, contesting, and enforcing judgments for citations or civil penalties issued by the Labor Commissioner for violations of the bill’s provisions and would impose a state-mandated local program by requiring, through incorporation of an existing provision, clerks of superior courts to issue judgments upon receipt of a prescribed filing by the Labor Commissioner.
Existing law provides that certain violations of the Labor Code are misdemeanors.
This bill would provide that, notwithstanding any provision of the Labor Code, violation of the bill’s provisions shall not be a misdemeanor. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement, including the creation of a State Mandates Claims Fund to pay the costs of mandates that do not exceed $1,000,000 statewide and other procedures for claims whose statewide costs exceed $1,000,000.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement shall be made from the State Mandates Claims Fund for costs mandated by the state pursuant to this act, but would recognize that local agencies and school districts may pursue any available remedies to seek reimbursement for these costs.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 3.8 (commencing with Section 1030) is added to Part 3 of Division 2 of the Labor Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3.8. Lactation Accommodation

1030.
 Every employer, including the state and any political subdivision, shall provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the employee’s infant child. The break time shall, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. Break time for an employee that does not run concurrently with the rest time authorized for the employee by the applicable wage order of the Industrial Welfare Commission shall be unpaid.

1031.
 The employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide the employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the employee’s work area, for the employee to express milk in private. The room or location may include the place where the employee normally works if it otherwise meets the requirements of this section.

1032.
 An employer is not required to provide break time under this chapter if to do so would seriously disrupt the operations of the employer.

1033.
 (a) An employer who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100) for each violation.
(b) If, upon inspection or investigation, the Labor Commissioner determines that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the Labor Commissioner may issue a citation. The procedures for issuing, contesting, and enforcing judgments for citations or civil penalties issued by the Labor Commissioner for violations of this chapter shall be the same as those set forth in Section 1197.1.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, violations of this chapter shall not be misdemeanors under this code.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement shall be made from the State Mandates Claims Fund pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code for costs mandated by the state pursuant to this act. It is recognized, however, that a local agency or school district may pursue any remedies to obtain reimbursement available to it under Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) and any other provisions of law.