S.F. Supervisor Proposes Sweeping Workplace Lactation Bill
The legislation goes beyond state and federal laws that already require private employers to make “reasonable efforts” to provide a clean space other than a bathroom where women can breastfeed or pump breast milk.
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF May Require Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces
San Francisco could soon have the most sweeping lactation policy in the nation, making it easier for mothers to pump breast milk in the workplace. Supervisor Katy Tang will introduce legislation Tuesday that would require all workplaces in the city — private and public — to have a lactation space that would include a seat, surface, electrical outlet and sink. The city Department of Public Health would provide a form for women to request time from their bosses to pump, and the bosses would be legally required to accommodate the request. (Johnson, 3/6)
In other news from across the state —
KHSD Unanimously Approves New Sex Ed Policy
In order to comply with new state laws, the Kern High School District voted unanimously Monday night to revamp its sexual education policy. Designed to decrease rate of sexually transmitted infections in the county, the new curriculum will include "comprehensive sexual health and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention" and will "promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development." ... After years of declining STD rates in Kern County teens, the numbers have gone back up. The Kern County Public Health Services Department says 1 in 4 sexually active teen girls in the county has an STD. (Boone, 3/6)