New Jersey Breastfeeding Laws
New Jersey is a breastfeeding-positive state, thanks to state workplace legislation that transcends protections provided by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in New Jersey are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.
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NJ Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in New Jersey have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: N.J. Rev. Stat. § 26:4B-4/5 (1997)
NJ Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Effective in 2018, New Jersey expanded their state’s civil rights to include breastfeeding. Employers in Jersey must provide all breastfeeding employees break time and an appropriate space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work. Read the law: New Jersey Assembly Bill 2294
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Mamava Breastfeeding Laws key
State law protects breastfeeding in public (now true of all states). There are no state-level workplace breastfeeding laws. Breastfeeding mothers, who are paid hourly, are covered by the federal FLSA. Not the breast-case scenario.
State law provides workplace breastfeeding rights for specific employee sectors (e.g., city employees) OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations (e.g., airports, municipal buildings).
State law protects all working breastfeeding moms (not just hourly) and exceeds the federal FLSA law.
State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers AND additional state legislation protects specific populations OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.
The gold standard. State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers, identifies standards for lactation spaces (e.g., access to a refrigerator), AND additional state legislation protects specific populations AND mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.