By: Janine Guzman | Mariana Muñiz-Lara
Employers in the private and public sector must comply with new breastfeeding room requirements pursuant to a Guideline issued on February 11, 2021 by the Puerto Rico Women’s Solicitor Office (WAO, subsequently; Oficina de la Procuradora de las Mujeres).
Although the Guideline was not enacted as a mandatory regulation, it will be used to interpret the general obligations regarding breastfeeding rooms set forth in Act 427-2000, as amended, for private employers and in Act 155-2002, as amended, for government entities in Puerto Rico. These laws require employers to provide a private, safe, and hygienic space, separate from the restrooms, with proper ventilation and electric plugs, to express breastmilk.
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