The Texas House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would require public employers to provide accommodations for mothers who need to pump breast milk while at work.
House Bill 786, by state Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, easily passed on Thursday on a voice vote. The measure would require public employers — state agencies, local governments and public schools — to support the practice of expressing breast milk and make “reasonable accommodations” for female employees to do so.
Such accommodations include sufficient break time and a private room, other than a bathroom, for a woman to pump breast milk.
While federal law provides protections for hourly employees who need to express breast milk at work, it exempts salaried workers, including schoolteachers, Walle said.