Utah Breastfeeding Laws

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Utah is now a breastfeeding-positive state, thanks to state workplace legislation that transcends the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by extending protections to all workers (not just hourly).  Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Utah are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.

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We’ve awarded Utah two drops on our scale.

 

UT Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

As of March 2018, mothers in Utah now have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Utah Code Ann. § 17-15-25 (2018).

 

UT Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

In 2012, the Utah Legislature passed a resolution that “encouraged” employers to support breastfeeding employees with time and space to pump at work. Read the resolution: Joint Resolution on Breastfeeding.

In 2015, the State and Local Government Employee Policies was passed that requires public employers (i.e. state and government) to provide break time and appropriate space for breastfeeding women to pump at work. Read the law: HB 242

 

UT Breastfeeding FYI

Breastfeeding mothers in Utah are exempt from public indecency laws.

 

Mamava Breastfeeding Laws key

One drop

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.

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Two drops

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).

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Three drops

State law protects all working breastfeeding moms (not just hourly) and exceeds the federal FLSA law.

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Four drops

State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers AND additional state legislation protects specific populations OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.

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Five drops

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.