What do Arkansas breastfeeding laws mean for businesses and public places?
View more on Act 621 (pdf)
11-5-116. Break time for expressing breast milk.
- An employer shall provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her child in order to maintain milk supply and comfort.
- To the extent possible, the break time required under subdivision (a)(1) of this section shall run concurrently with any paid or unpaid break time already provided to the employee.
- An employer shall 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.
- The room or location provided under subdivision (b)(1) of this section may include the employee's normal work space if the employee's normal work space meets the requirements of this section.
- This section does not require an employer to provide break time if to do so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.
- The employee shall make reasonable efforts to minimize disruption to the employer's operations.
View more on Act 680 (PDF)
SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 5-14-112, concerning indecent exposure, is amended to read as follows:
- A woman is not in violation of this section for breastfeeding a child in a public place or any place where other individuals are present.
SECTION 2. Arkansas Code Title 20, Chapter 27 is amended to add an additional subchapter to read as follows:
20-27-2001. Breastfeeding in public.
A woman may breastfeed a child in a public place or any place where other individuals are present.