Vermont Breastfeeding Laws
Vermont is one of the more breastfeeding-positive states, thanks to state workplace legislation that transcends the protection provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in both the number of mothers it covers and for how long. Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Vermont are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.
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VT Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Vermont have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4502 (j) (2002) and 2002 Vt. Acts, Act 117
VT Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Employers are required to support all breastfeeding employees——not just those who are hourly—by providing break time and a space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work for up to three years after the child’s birth (2 years longer than the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)). Read the law: Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 305
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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.