South Carolina employers are to provide reasonable break time for employees to express breast milk under a bill that Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed June 26.
The measure (H.B. 3200) takes effect July 25, 2020.
Reasonable unpaid break time is to be provided or employees are to be allowed to use paid break time or meal time to express milk, except when an undue hardship on the employer would result. If possible, the break time must run concurrently with any break time already provided to employees.
Breaks that are taken to express milk do not have to be compensated unless the employer already provides compensated breaks.
A permanent or dedicated space does not have to be created for use by employees to express milk, but employers must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or location other than a toilet stall close to the work area where milk expression may be done in privacy.