After ten years of citizen advocacy led by Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon, the 2007 Oregon legislature passed the Rest Breaks for Breast Milk Expression Law that sets a minimum standard for accommodating breastfeeding employees after the birth of a child. This law applies to employers with 25 or more employees (counted across all locations), and addresses adequate break time, clean private location, and a remedy for non-compliance.
Links to the legislative text and related legal documents:
- The text of the ORS 653.077 is available here
- The Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) has administrative oversight for the law. Read Administrative Rules here
- BOLI also has Technical Assistance available for employers here or by calling: 971-673-0761
- The Oregon Department of Human Services Working and Breastfeeding page is here
For more detailed information about the this legislative success, visit the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon website.