Lactation in the Workplace

  • NEW TRAINING: The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement held a webinar on the requirements of the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance (LWO) on February 6, 2018.  View the recording of the LWO webinar.  You can also view the PDF iconLWO Webinar slide deck from the webinar. 

  • The Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance becomes operative on January 1, 2018. The law establishes new standards to ensure employers accommodate lactation.



  • New: OLSE is currently engaged in a rulemaking process that will provide additional guidance, with the publishing of formal rules expected by July 1, 2018.  To submit suggested topics for rulemaking, and to receive updates on the rulemaking process, please email


  • Note:  For the calendar year 2018, OLSE will only issue warnings and notices to correct when it has concluded that a violation has occurred.  Starting January 1, 2019, OLSE may issue determinations and impose administrative penalties.



The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance on June 20, 2017, and the legislation was signed by Mayor Lee on June 30, 2017.
The Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance requires employers to provide employees breaks and a location for lactation and to have a policy regarding lactation in the workplace that specifies a process by which an employee will make a request for accommodation. The ordinance also defines minimum standards for lactation accommodation spaces, requires that tenant improvements in buildings designated for certain uses include lactation rooms, and outlines lactation accommodation best practices. Finally, the ordinance amends the Building Code to specify the technical specifications of lactation rooms for tenant improvements in buildings designated for certain uses.

Text of the Legislation

PDF iconText of the Legislation - Clean (Police Code Only)

Legislative Digest



Lactation Accommodation Sample Policy. 

Sample Lactation Accommodation Request Form.

For additional resources, please visit the San Francisco Department of Public Health's resources page here.



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