BOMA San Francisco members, staff, and San Francisco Business Community members have been working with San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang (District 4 - Sunset) regarding her recently introduced proposal: Lactation in the Workplace.
NOTE that the BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Committee will be meeting with Supervisor Tang on April 5th to discuss this ordinance. Please email the Chair of the Committee, Marty Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you'd like to attend and provide your feedback. The measure will be moving quickly through the San Francisco City Hall legislative process in April so your involvement is appreciated.
A similar law introduced by Supervisor Tang and enacted in 2016 created a policy to help city employees transition back to work after having a child. The Lactation Accommodation Policy for city workers provides new mothers with lactation accommodations and encourage flexibility in the workplace.
The Supervisor would like the private sector to follow San Francisco's lead and help mothers as they come back to work. BOMA members feel that employees should be supported in reasonable way that makes sense to the small business tenant, building owner, and to the employees.
- Requires employers to provide employees breaks and a location for lactation;
- Have employers provide a policy regarding lactation in the workplace that specifies a process by which an employee will make a request for accommodation;
- Defines minimum standards for lactation accommodation spaces;
- Requires newly constructed or renovated buildings designated for certain uses include lactation rooms;
- Amends the San Francisco Building Code to specify the technical specifications of lactation rooms for new or renovated buildings designated for certain use.
- There is a project to renovate the interior of the building;
- The gross square footage of the interior space designated for employee only use (not public) and included in the renovation project is at least 10,000 square feet;
- And, the estimated cost of the renovation project is over $500,000.