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Lactation Policy

Effective Date: August 11, 2016
Policy Number: 1095

Hutchinson Community College acknowledges the worksite accommodation law in the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in March 2010, which amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore provides breastfeeding employees the following lactation accommodations.  Students will be provided these accommodations as well.

Lactation Accommodation Provisions

Reasonable Time to Express Milk at Work

Employees and students shall be provided reasonable time to express milk while at work for up to three years following the child’s birth each time the employee has need to express milk. Employees should use usual break and meal periods for expressing milk, when possible. If additional time is needed beyond the provided breaks, employees may use personal leave or may make up the time as negotiated with their supervisors.

A Private Area for Milk Expression

Employees and students will be provided with a private place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, to express breast milk. The rooms are listed at the end of this policy. 

No employee shall be discriminated against for breastfeeding or expressing milk during the work period, and reasonable efforts will be made to assist employees in meeting their infant feeding goals while at work.

Any act found to be intentional that invades a nursing mother’s privacy shall be treated as a disciplinary offense and reported to the appropriate supervisor.

Employer Responsibilities

Hutchinson Community College will:

  • Maintain the cleanliness of the room or location set aside for the use of employees and students expressing breast milk while on campus.
  • Notify employees returning to work following the birth of a child of their rights under the national worksite lactation accommodation law in the U.S. Patient Affordable Care Act. This notice may either be provided individually to affected employees or to all employees through college communications.

Employee/Student Responsibilities

Breastfeeding persons utilizing lactation support services will:

  • Give supervisors advance notice of the need for lactation accommodations, preferably prior to their return to work or school following the birth of the child. This will allow supervisors the opportunity to establish a location and work out scheduling issues. 
  • Maintain the designated area by wiping the pump (if provided) and surfaces with microbial wipes so the area is clean for the next user.

Students may inquire at the Information Counter, main floor of the Parker Student Union, about locations and contact persons.

PROPOSED LACTATION LOCATIONS (Additional locations will be included when identified)

STRINGER FINE ARTS – Dressing Room # 148 or #147 – Contact Susan Evans – 620.665.3503

SHEARS TECHNOLOGY CENTER – Conference Room # 107 – Contact Nicki Dame – 620.728.8104

LOCKMAN HALL/PARKER STUDENT UNION – Human Resource Conference Room – Contact Betty Ann Kelly – 620.665.3495

RIMMER LEARNING CENTER – Room 115 – Contact Sandy White - 620.728.8125 (available M-TH evenings and Sundays during academic year)

NEWTON AXTELL CENTER – Conference Room - Contact Paula Soto – 316.283.7000

McPHERSON CENTER – Workforce Development Room # 117 – Contact Connie Swartz or Susan Shepard – 620.245.0202

PIONEER BUILDING/SOUTH CAMPUS – Dispatch Room – Contact Ashley Keen - 620.728.4406

FIRE SCIENCE – Contact Amy Weeks – 620.728.4460

BUILDING 12 – Audio Lab – Contact Shelly Reusser – 620.665.3349

DAVIS HALL/PEEL CENTER – Rm 223 – Contact – Nita Grandestaff – 620.665.4930

SCIENCE HALL -  Conference Rm A – Contact Angela Logan – 620.665.3533

1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501
1-888-GO-HUTCH or (620) 665-3500