Employers must be proactive on breastfeeding

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Employers that fail to provide facilities for breastfeeding risk breakingthe law according to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). EOC chair Julie Mellor said it was important that employers understood theirlegal responsibilities towards women who choose to continue to breastfeed whenthey return to work. This follows last week’s Government’s recommendation thatwomen should breastfeed for the first six months. “Many women who choose to continue breastfeeding face problems at workbecause of a lack of flexibility from employers,” said Mellor. “Somewomen have even been forced to resign or have been dismissed. “There are various forms of practical support employers can offer womento help them continue breastfeeding after they return to work. The employerwill then fulfil their legal obligations, while also ensuring they don’t losevaluable members of staff at the end of their maternity leave.” The EOC’s advice (above) follows its decision to launch an investigationinto workplace discrimination against pregnant women after widespread reportsof discriminatory behaviour. EOC advice on how to treat breastfeeding women – Allow rest periods and access to a private room – Provide access to a refrigerator – Allow rest periods and a private room for breastfeeding if there is aworkplace nursery – Ensure there are no health and safety risks that could affect her or thebaby – Allow for the recommendation that babies should be breastfed for at leastsix months – Do not ban her from returning to work because she is breastfeeding – Do not refuse to accommodate breastfeeding Comments are closed. Employers must be proactive on breastfeedingOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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