Lactation in the Workplace

Rules:  After considering public input, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) released its PDF iconRules Implementing the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance on July 25, 2018.  The rules take effect on August 25, 2018.


Employers must provide employees with lactation breaks and a lactation location, and must have a policy that explains how employees will make a request for lactation accommodation.

The Lactation in the Workplace 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.

If you have questions about the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance or wish to report a violation of the law, call 415-554-6406 or 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.

Statutory Authority

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance on June 20, 2017.

Forms and Documents


Contact Us

  • Please email or call 554-6406 with any questions regarding your rights and responsibilities under the San Francisco Minimum Wage Ordinance.
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