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Arkansas Law

What do Arkansas breastfeeding laws mean for businesses and public places?

Act 621

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11-5-116. Break time for expressing breast milk.

    1. 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. 
    2. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The employee shall make reasonable efforts to minimize disruption to the employer's operations.

Act 680

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SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 5-14-112, concerning indecent exposure, is amended to read as follows: 

  1. 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.