Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a series of August events highlighting the importance of maternal health and workplace protections for expectant and new mothers to mark National Breastfeeding Month.
On Aug. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EDT, the department’s Wage and Hour Division and Women’s Bureau and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will present “Working Mothers: What to Expect from Your Employer When You’re Expecting.” Among other topics, they will cover federal protections to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers, provide time off for the birth or adoption of a child, and ensure that working mothers may take breaks to express breast milk and do so in private. This webinar is free. Click here to register.
Additionally, the DOL has created fact sheets on Birth and Bonding and Job-Protected Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The Maternal Health Series will continue with upcoming events that include state-level webinars on expectant and new mothers’ rights and benefits at the federal and state levels, industry-specific employer compliance events, an event focused on Black maternal health, and another on doulas and midwives.