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Seattle, Wash., Ordinance 123703 (signed by mayor Sep. 13, 2011)
Brief Summary
Allows city employees who qualify under federal law for unpaid breaks to express breast milk to take these breaks without having to take leave or a pay deduction, so long as the breaks are of reasonable length and frequency.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Limited scope. Only applicable to city employees.
Food System Category: Get
State: Washington
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Seattle
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Ordinance focuses on women and infants (see WHEREAS clauses, and section 1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to medical benefits of breastfeeding and support for it by national and global public health organizations (see WHEREAS clauses).
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?
Yes. Refers to breastfeeding as providing "economic relief" to families (first WHEREAS clause).
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?
Yes. WHEREAS clauses describe the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding to women and children, and the city's desire to help its employees and their families.
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?
Unclear. Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose," the ordinance includes this heading "AN ORDINANCE relating to City employment; amending Seattle Municipal Code Section 4.34.055 to provide eligible employees breaks to express breast milk without deduction of pay or paid leave balances" and this phrase "WHEREAS, the City of Seattle seeks to support its employees and their families.".
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
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
Uncodified ordinance amending city law. Ordinance is codified at Seattle, Wash., Code §4.34.055(G) (current through Jan. 25, 2018).