As a follow up to my previous post on trends in leave policies, the latest development in the United Kingdom goes far beyond traditional maternity and paternity leave. “Paw-ternity leave” is a benefit given to almost one in every twenty new pet owners in the UK for the purpose of settling a new animal into the household. “The leave can be used to carry out training, attend vet appointments or simply spend more time with a new animal.”
As a follow-up to our previous blog posts about the rights of breastfeeding mothers in the workplace and innovative things employers can do to help employees, we are pleased to highlight a recent change made by the Iowa Board of Law Examiners to accommodate breastfeeding mothers taking the bar examination. As part of an effort lead by the ACLU of Iowa, ACLU, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, moms taking the bar examination will now be permitted off-the-clock time to pump, if necessary, and will be provided a private, sanitary place to do so. With this change, the national ACLU and Law Students for Reproductive Justice has raised its “grade” from a C to an A- for its bar exam breastfeeding policies.
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A recent CNN Money article highlighted an innovative program IBM plans to launch in September 2015 designed to help working mothers ship breast milk home while they are traveling for business. The idea arose after a focus group for IBM’s working mothers said nursing moms worry about this issue while they’re on business trips. IBM is hoping to use a smartphone app so traveling mothers can have temperature-controlled packaging delivered to their hotel. The company will pay for all expenses associated with the program and says they are motivated by their “drive to help our working moms.”
Earlier this month, a Florida judge denied an attorney’s request to take short breaks every three hours to pump breast milk during a trial. As will come to no surprise to any mother with experience breastfeeding, the attorney requested the breaks both to avoid physical pain and to provide milk for her baby.