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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting an online dialogue to help employers and nursing mothers understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace dialogue will also solicit best practices to educate nursing mothers about key protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers, nursing mothers, state and local policymakers, and other interested people can participate through Friday, August 23, 2019.

“This dialogue seeks feedback from key stakeholders who help nursing mothers – from employers and employer groups, to nursing mother groups, to state and local policymakers,” said Cheryl Stanton, Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. “It’s an important discussion that will allow the Wage and Hour Division to receive valuable feedback on the needs of nursing mothers in the workplace.”

This online dialogue will be hosted by the Department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) in partnership with the Wage and Hour Division, Women’s Bureau, and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The dialogue will be facilitated through ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative. Please register to participate.

OCI is part of the Department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy. It aims to foster a compliance assistance culture within the Department, complement its enforcement efforts, and improve compliance assistance outreach. Through and, OCI provides information about worker rights and employer responsibilities.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.