Promotion of breastfeeding in the workplace-A A +A
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Atty. Rizza Marie Mangubat-Gariando
Protecting women and children
REPUBLIC Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding and Promotion Act provides that employers should implement a workplace policy that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding.
The law mandates that lactation stations or breastfeeding rooms should be set up in private enterprises and government offices. Breastfeeding rooms are private, clean, sanitary and well-ventilated rooms or areas in the workplace where nursing mothers can wash up, breastfeed or express their milk comfortably and store this afterwards.
RA 10028 also grants “lactation periods” or break intervals to breastfeeding employees in addition to the regular time-off for meals to breastfeed or express milk. These intervals, which shall include the time it takes an employee to get to and from the workplace lactation station, shall be counted as compensable hours worked.
The employee and the employer may agree on the duration and frequency of breaks, provided that lactation periods shall not be less than a total of 40 minutes for every eight-hour working period. (Source: Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns-Department of Labor and Employment)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 24, 2014.