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§ 435. Break time and accommodations for expressing milk or breast-feeding

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 40. LaborEffective: November 1, 2020

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 40. Labor
Chapter 10. Oklahoma Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act of 1970 (Refs & Annos)
Effective: November 1, 2020
40 Okl.St.Ann. § 435
§ 435. Break time and accommodations for expressing milk or breast-feeding
A. 1. An employer other than a state agency may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to breast-feed or express breast milk for her child to maintain milk supply and comfort. The break time, if possible, shall run concurrently with any break time, paid or unpaid, already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.
2. Every state agency shall allow an employee who is lactating reasonable paid break time each day to use the designated lactation room for the purpose of maintaining milk supply and comfort.
B. An employer may make a reasonable effort to provide a private, secure, and sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express her milk or breast-feed her child.
C. The Department of Health shall issue periodic reports on breast-feeding rates, complaints received, and benefits reported by both working breast-feeding mothers and employers.
D. As used in this section:
1. “Employer” means a person engaged in business who has one or more employees, including the state and any political subdivision of the state;
2. “Employee” means any person engaged in service to an employer in the business of the employer;
3. “Reasonable ” means any effort that would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business; and
4. “Undue hardship” means any action that requires significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to factors such as the size of the business, its financial resources, and the nature and structure of its operation.


Laws 2006, c. 85, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006; Laws 2020, c. 62, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2020.
40 Okl. St. Ann. § 435, OK ST T. 40 § 435
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024) effective as of July 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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