Bill Text: IA HF501 | 2017-2018 | 87th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: A bill for an act relating to employment policies regarding expression of breast milk.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-03-02 - Introduced, referred to Labor. H.J. 501. [HF501 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2017-HF501-Introduced.html

House File 501 - Introduced




                                 HOUSE FILE       
                                 BY  BENNETT, WOLFE,
                                     WINCKLER, LENSING,
                                     MASCHER, MEYER,
                                     MILLER, NIELSEN, R.
                                     SMITH, OURTH, HANSON,
                                     STECKMAN, KEARNS,
                                     GASKILL, BEARINGER,
                                     RUNNING=MARQUARDT, and
                                     BRECKENRIDGE

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act relating to employment policies regarding expression of
  2    breast milk.
  3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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  1  1    Section 1.  Section 216.6, Code 2017, is amended by adding
  1  2 the following new subsection:
  1  3    NEW SUBSECTION.  2A.  a.  An employer shall provide
  1  4 reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk
  1  5 for the employee's child. An employer shall provide a clean
  1  6 and sanitary private room, other than a toilet facility, which
  1  7 may be locked by an employee while in use and includes access
  1  8 to an electrical outlet for an employee to express breast milk.
  1  9    b.  An employer shall not pay wages to an employee that are
  1 10 less than the rate paid to other employees because the employee
  1 11 expresses, or asks the employer about the ability to express,
  1 12 breast milk at work.
  1 13    c.  An employer shall not discipline, up to and including
  1 14 termination, or retaliate against an employee whose work
  1 15 product or work volume decreases because the employee uses
  1 16 or asks the employer about the ability to use break time to
  1 17 express breast milk.
  1 18                           EXPLANATION
  1 19 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
  1 20 the explanation's substance by the members of the general assembly.
  1 21    This bill requires an employer to provide reasonable break
  1 22 time for an employee to express breast milk for the employee's
  1 23 child. The bill requires an employer to provide a clean and
  1 24 sanitary private room, other than a toilet facility, which may
  1 25 be locked by an employee while in use and includes access to an
  1 26 electrical outlet for an employee to express breast milk.
  1 27    The bill provides that an employer shall not pay wages to an
  1 28 employee that are less than the rate paid to other employees
  1 29 because the employee expresses, or asks the employer about
  1 30 the ability to express, breast milk at work. The bill also
  1 31 prohibits an employer from disciplining, up to and including
  1 32 termination, or retaliating against an employee whose work
  1 33 product or work volume decreases because the employee uses
  1 34 or asks the employer about the ability to use break time to
  1 35 express breast milk.
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