Effective January 1, 2019, California employers must make a reasonable effort to provide workers with a space other than a bathroom when they can express breast milk.
The new legislation stipulates that employers will be allowed to set aside a temporary lactation location that will be available if operational, financial, or space limitations keep them from providing a permanent lactation location 1/1/2019.
As long as the temporary location is private, free from intrusion, is used solely for lactation purposes while an employee expresses milk, and the space otherwise complies with state requirements regarding lactation accommodations, it will be acceptable.
Agricultural employers providing private, enclosed, shaded spaces, including an air-conditioned truck or tractor cab, will be considered in compliance.
The new legislation provides a narrow undue-hardship exemption.