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Expression of Milk in the Workplace Advisory Committee (EMAC)
Committee Overview
The 2007 legislature passed HB 2372 to require that rest periods be given to accommodate certain employees who are also nursing mothers. 
 
The Expression of Milk in the Workplace law became operative January 1, 2008 and requires employers with 25 or more employees provide reasonable rest periods to accommodate an employee who needs to express milk for her child of 18 months of age or younger and are enforced by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (ORS 653.077).  Employers covered by this law are required to offer unpaid rest periods of no less than 30 minutes during each four-hour work period, or the major portion of a four-hour work period.   Rest periods are paid up to the time, usually 10-minutes, required by state law or by contract.  Employers are also required to make reasonable efforts to provide a private location where employees can express milk.
 
As directed by ORS 653.079, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (Commissioner) appointed the Expression of Milk in the Workplace Advisory Committee (EMAC).