An Employee has Requested a Reduction in Working Hours to Facilitate Breastfeeding Breaks - How Do I Handle It?

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 19 July 2023
Jennifer Cashman
Issues covered: Breastfeeding Breaks; Family Friendly Rights

One of our employees has approached us looking for a reduction in working hours to facilitate breastfeeding breaks. We thought that our obligation was to facilitate short breaks for the employee as opposed to reducing her working hours. Furthermore, this employee now works from home since Covid and so we question what her entitlement is in those circumstances.

How do we handle it?

The entitlement to breastfeeding breaks is set out in an amendment to the Maternity Protection Act, 1994, (“the Act”), and further detailed in supporting Regulations (the Maternity Protection (Protection of Mothers Who Are Breastfeeding) Regulations 2004, (“the Regulations”).

The Act and the Regulations have been

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