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Accommodating New Mothers at Work

by The 100 Companies
Woman wearing a tan pantsuit holding a baby dressed in a pink jumper.

Returning to work after having a child can be a challenging transition. Regardless of which state or federal workplace laws apply, employers should consider these best practices for welcoming back new mothers:

Talk to expecting employees about how much leave they will take and whether they may need flexible work hours when they return.

– Consider increasing a new mother’s workload gradually instead of expecting her to return to work at full capacity.

When possible, avoid scheduling meetings beyond normal work hours, especially without notice.

Allow breaks for mothers to pump breast milk in a comfortable, private space – not a bathroom.

Lisa McGlynn, Fisher Phillips

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