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Milwaukee County, Wis., Code § 17.37 (current through Jan. 31, 2018)
Brief Summary
Provides for reasonable break times for county employees to express breast milk for up to two years after child's birth, including paid breaks if those are available for non-nursing employees; includes several other protections for nursing mothers.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Limited scope. Only applies to county employees.
Food System Category: Get
State: Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Milwaukee County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to women and children (§ 17.37(1)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Support for breastfeeding supports public health goals.).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 17.02.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Sec. 17.37 specifies various duties for the supervisor/departmental administrator, including providing reasonable break times for nursing mothers, setting aside an appropriate space for milk expression, and designating when the county must allow nursing mothers to take paid breaks to express milk.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. Section 17.37 (4) provides "[a]n employee whose right to take reasonable break time to express breast milk for her child as provided under subsection (1) is interfered with, restrained, or denied in violation of subsection (3)(a) or who is discharged or discriminated against in violation of subsection (3)(b) may file a complaint with the human resources department, and the department shall process the complaint in the same manner that employment discrimination complaints are processed." It is unclear whether penalties are associated with the employment discrimination complaint process. See also, § 17.207 (grievance procedures).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Chapter 17 (Classification Salary Standardization Ordinance). Ordinances/history: Created - June 23, 2016, J. Proc.