HB 786: Concerning Employees’ Right to Express Breast Milk in the Workplace

By Alexa Grigsby*

This blog is part of our 60 Laws in 60 Minutes update to the SHSU community.

House Bill 786, a bill that was passed during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, relates to the right of public employees to express breast milk in the workplace.

According to the legislative history, HB 786 was written to address the lack of legislation prohibiting discrimination against employees who express breast milk in the workplace. The bill requires all public employers to adopt written policies stating their support for the assertion of an employee’s right to express breast milk in the workplace, and must allot an appropriate amount of break time for employees to do so. Employers must also provide a private area, excluding multiple user bathrooms, where employees can express breast milk.

This bill went into effect on the 1st of September, 2015.

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