Workplace Accommodations in the News: February 2020

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Breastfeeding bans and weak legislation. Infant-friendly policies in the US, UK, India, and Nigeria. Nursing while battling infectious disease. Birth inequality and institutional racism in minority communities. Many stories about family-friendly accommodations have been in the news this past month. Here’s a brief look at what is happening in workplaces around the globe for working moms (and dads) in February 2020. woman holding two boys

In the News…

Lack of Breastfeeding Support

1. Utah Women’s Conference Doesn’t Allow Moms to Breastfeed

Moms push back against BYU’s breastfeeding ban at conference (Times Union)

2. Indiana Legislators Unwilling to Support Pregnancy Accommodation Bill

Indiana pregnancy accommodation proposal unlikely to advance (Tristate Homepage/Nexstar Media Group) A bill supported by Governor Eric Holcomb would require Indiana business with over 15 employees to allow pregnant women longer breaks, reduced physical work, and unpaid time off after childbirth. However, the legislature has not shown support and it is unlikely to pass.

Infant-Friendly Policies

3. Baby at Work Policy (but not Paid Leave) in NH & VT

New Hampshire, Vermont adopt ‘Bring Baby to Work’ plans but lag on paid leave (Concord Monitor)

4. California Teacher Influences School District to Provide Lactation Stations

Local Teacher Fights for Breastfeeding Rights (The Paso Robles Press)

5. US Marine Corps General Recommends Paid Maternity Leave

Marines to Review Proposed 1-Year Maternity Leave Policy for New Moms ( Network)

6. Nigeria’s Ekiti State Approves 6-Month Maternity Leave for Public Service Employees

Ekiti State’s worthy example (The Sun Nigeria)

7. British Parliament Speaker Recommends Breastfeeding Accessibility

Breastfeeding In Commons May Be Allowed, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle Suggests (HuffPost UK)

8. India Startup to Install 14 Breastfeeding Pods in Public Spaces

In a first, breastfeeding pods to be installed (New Indian Express) I Love 9 Months

Infections Disease and Continued Breastfeeding

9. New Mothers and Midwives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at Risk With Ebola Outbreak

Protecting midwives on the front lines of the Ebola response (OCHA and ReliefWeb)

10. WHO and UNICEF Say Breastfeeding Benefits Moms and Babies Who Contract Coronavirus

Continuing to Nurse Your Baby Through Coronavirus (2019-nCoV; COVID-19) and Other Respiratory Infections (La Leche League International)

Birth Inequality and Institutional Racism

11. New Book About Injustice and Racial Disparity in Breastfeeding

Andrea Freeman, Associate Professor of Law at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, recently published a new book, Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice (Stamford University Press) From Breastfeeding To Beyoncé, ‘Skimmed’ Tells A New Story About Black Motherhood (Health Shots NPR)

12. Midwives Speak Out on Black Maternal Mortality, Reproductive Justice, Birth Inequality, and Institutional Racism

What It’s Like to Be a Midwife or Doula Fighting Black Maternal Mortality (Self Magazine) ROOTT (Restoring Our Own Through Transformation)

13. Nebraska Breastfeeding Educators Reach Out to Young Minority Moms

Breastfeeding class educates, creates community for teen mother (KGIN-TV/1010now) Malone Community Center Breastfeeding Initiative

And Finally, Some Feel-Good News!

14. Photo of Chiropractic Office Employee with Her Baby at Work Goes Viral

Mom Brings Newborn To Work Then Boss Unknowingly Snaps Photo (Shareably) Maryland Farms Chiropractic See the original post here!

15. Venus Williams Shares Behind-the-Scenes Message for Working Mothers

Serena Williams Nails What It’s Like to Work Through Exhaustion as a Mom (Working Mother Network) For more stories and articles, visit Workplace Accommodation in the News
Interested in creating a Lactation or Infant at Work program in your organization? Schedule a free 30-minute consult with Grace today. Grace LaConte is a business consultant, writer, workplace equity strategist, and the founder of LaConte Consulting. Her risk management tools are used around the globe, and she has successfully reversed toxic work environments for clients in the healthcare and non-profit fields. Grace specializes in lactation law compliance & policy development, reducing staff turnover after maternity leave, and creating a participatory work culture. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @lacontestrategy.

Published by Grace LaConte

Grace LaConte is a business strategist, writer, and workplace equity advocate whose risk management graphics are used around the globe. She specializes in finding hidden threats and opportunities in organizations that employ working parents. Grace is the host of the What's Wrong with Your Business? Podcast, which provides tools to adapt in a rapidly changing market. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @lacontestrategy.

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