Current Legislation

2017-2018 California Legislative Bills

Senate Bill 937 requires businesses to provide lactation facilities for their workers, requires that lactation facilities be built in new construction, and ensures employees receive information about their rights to a safe and comfortable lactation space at work.

The bill also requires the state to come up with model policies that businesses can implement to meet the requirements of SB 937.

SB 937 does the following:

  • Requires an employer to provide lactation space for workers, or apply for an undue hardship waiver with the Labor Commissioner. Employers in multi-tenant buildings may share a space with multiple employers, which will accommodate small business needs. Lactation spaces may not be in restrooms, must provide access to running water and refrigeration nearby, must include seating and a table, must have enough space to comfortably lactate (e.g., not a broom closet), and must provide privacy.
  • Requires the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement to establish best practices for lactation in the work place
  • Establishes a process for employees to receive an outline of the company’s lactation policy both upon hiring and when an employee inquires about or requests parental leave
  • Requires the California Building Code to be updated to include new lactation spaces in new buildings over 15,000 square feet as a condition of their building permit
  • Outlines a process for a mother to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner if she is denied access to a lactation space
  • Protects employees from retaliation by their employer for inquiring about, or requesting, lactation space by authorizing them to file a direct complaint with the Labor Commissioner

SB 937 Bill (Summary)

SB 937 Bill (Full Text)

“If we’re serious about gender equity in the workplace – as we should be – we need to make it much easier for women to return to work after having a child,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). “When women are able to return to work and receive reasonable accommodations – such as lactation facilities – they advance and keep pace with their male counterparts. By contrast, when women are effectively discouraged from working, they fall behind, and gender inequity is the result. Family-friendly workplaces increase gender equity, improve families’ health, and are good for business. Inadequate lactation accommodations often lead women, especially low-income workers, to make the difficult decision to leave their jobs or to pay for expensive formula. Providing a safe and comfortable place for women to lactate will keep infants and women healthier, and keep more women in the workforce.”


SB 63 (Jackson) – New Parent Leave Act

Sponsored by: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Update 10/12/17: SB 63 is LAW!





Exciting news for our great state! On Thursday, 10/12/17, Governor Brown signed SB 63 (Jackson), the New Parent Leave Act! As a coalition partner and as parents, we at the California Breastfeeding Coalition could not be happier. Our children, parents, families, workers, employers, and collective community have everything to gain by protecting bonding time. Among so many wonderful benefits, we are thrilled to see legislation that protects and preserves the breast milk feeding relationship.

Starting January 1, 2018 – New parents working in businesses with 20 or more employees  will have job protection when they take time to bond with a new child – birth, adoption, or foster.

Prior to SB63, job-protection applied only to workers in businesses of 50 or more for bonding leave. SB63 will impact 2.7 million California workers. This change will make a difference as studies show bonding time enhances the growth, development, health of infants and children. It will also help families with economic stability and will increase access to the state’s Paid Family Leave program.

This bill extends job protection under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)  to more new parents taking bonding leave. Currently, CFRA only covers workers in businesses with 50 or more employees, SB 63 would extend job protection to new parents in businesses with 20 or more employees. The New Parent Leave Act would provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity leave and paternity leave for more California employees. All new parents should have access to bonding leave for the health and well-being of children.

SB 63 Template Letter to Governor

SB 63 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on the Health Impact


California Breastfeed Coalition and other coalition members meet with Assemblymember Ana Cabellero (fourth from left) to support SB 63.



ACR 113 (Rubio) – Breastfeeding Awareness Month Resolution                                                                                                             

Sponsored by: Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio, 48th District

This resolution officially declares August 2017 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in California and would encourage Californians to work together to support breastfeeding. It will coincide with National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.  Note: Resolutions do not need to be signed into law by the Governor.

2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Month celebrations from coalitions all over the state.

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