Lactation support program benefits employees, University
WorkLife Programs serves as a campus liaison between supervisors and employees for Purdue's new lactation support program, which launched July 1.
The program was established to comply with Senate Bill 0219, which requires employers to "make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the work area, where an employee can express the employee's breast milk in privacy."
Purdue is not required to provide additional paid break time to employees. In most situations, an employee can express her milk during normal meal and break times. However, additional time may be needed, and supervisors are encouraged to grant reasonable flex scheduling to allow for these exceptions.
WorkLife Programs assists in identifying appropriate locations, scheduling, and resources. Expenses incurred to address the bill are to be funded by the respective department.
In addition to working as a liaison, WorkLife Programs offers a number of resources for both the supporting department and the employee. Resources are available through the WorkLife Programs Web site or by contacting WorkLife Programs at 49-45461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lactation support helps to lower health care costs, turnover rates, and absenteeism while increasing employee productivity and morale. We encourage supervisors to share this information to make others aware of the University's spirit of support.
- Amber Simons, worklife/wellness specialist
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