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.
WILTON – At an efficient and brief Wilton Selectboard meeting on Tuesday night, the board approved the Water Department’s roofing estimate for $23,500. The work will be completed by Arctic Roofing General Contractors based out of Lewiston. They also heard from John Masse of the Public Works Department with his latest report. So far, there have been 23 winter-related events that public works has responded to, including efforts to manage the snow so far this season. The department has welcomed three new employees.“They’re up to speed now and learning the routes as they go,” said Masse.Their latest project has been the removal of telephone poles on Weld Rd. in preparation for the new sidewalk installation from High St. to Main St which will come later in the year.The board approved the nomination of Richard Lumb to the Finance Committee, who has previously served on the committee.“He’s very knowledgeable of what the town finances are. He’s also been the Police Chief and he put together a project for that,” said Irish.Continuing the discussion from a previous meeting, the board also heard an update from Town Manager Rhonda Irish regarding the possibility of billing insurance companies for debris cleanup services in the event of accidents.“There are actually quite a few towns that are doing this, and how it works is that a third-party service bills the insurance companies for the municipality,” said Irish.In her research, she’s encountered only one third-party company handling this billing initiative, but before the town proceeds with obtaining their services, Irish will be ensuring there are no other competing companies.After first discussing the project a year ago, Maine DOT asked the board for approval of a permit to use municipal roads if necessary in relocating the stream under Danny Boys bridge. The board approved their request, allowing future construction to continue.Regarding the possibility of a two-mile ATV trail down Depot St. and Main St. to reach the downtown Wilton area, now that the ATV club has submitted an application to the state for the approval of the project, the next step is to obtain a letter of support from the town. Board member Tom Saviello was in favor of holding a public hearing and David Leavitt suggested that they simply ask people to comment on the issue. Though the facilitation of gathering the public’s opinion on the matter wasn’t decided, it was agreed that input from the community was important before drafting a letter of support from the town.“It’s also important that we get Heidi’s impression, see how she’ll regulate this,” said Saviello, speaking on behalf of Wilton Police Chief Heidi Wilcox.Taking what Irish called “little steps at a time,” the team in charge of the Wilson Lake retaining wall project has progressed since her last update form them. The topographical survey was completed, and engineers will be attending the next Wilton selectboard meeting to present the finalized plans.
Ghana striker Mahatma Otoo has now found his scoring form ahead of the 2014 World Cup as he scored twice for Norwegian side Sogndal Football in their comfortable 3-0 thrashing of Florø in a club friendly at the Sognahallen on Thursday night. The 22-year-old former Ghana Premier League Golden Shoe Award winner shot Sogndal into the lead in the 25th minute with a clinical finishing and scored his second of the game nine minutes later.The former Hearts of Oak striker has lost his place in the Ghana squad for recent games but if his pre-season form is anything to go by, then he will be bracing himself for a recall.”I have now familiarized myself with the playing terrain and from now on will score in any game give the opportunity ahead of the World Cup in Brazil,” he said.Otoo, before today’s brace had scored once in a friendly for Sogndal and further highlighted his fine form by scoring twice in today’s game.Otoo, who scored 20 goals to win the Ghana Premier League top scorer award last season joined Sogndal in August from Hearts of Oak but scored just one league goal for the club.