Pending Legislation

Information on proposed legislation currently before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. Please contact your Representatives to express your support for these bills.


Pennsylvania General Assembly

Below are links to bills currently before the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Pennsylvania General Assembly House Bill No. 1100 – Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act

Requires all employers in the Commonwealth to provide a break time and a private, sanitary space for employees to express breast milk. Referred to the House Committee on Labor and Industry May 4, 2015. Public hearing before Committee scheduled for October 8th, 2015.Pennsylvania General Assembly House Bill No. 2210

Pennsylvania General Assembly House Bill 58

Amends the list of qualified exemptions from Jury Duty to include breastfeeding. Referred to House Judiciary Committee January 21, 2015.


United States Congress

Below are links to bill’s currently before the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014). This information is provided by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress.

S.934 – Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013

Introduced in Senate (05/13/2013)

Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013 – Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to extend the requirement that certain employers provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child to bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity employees or outside salesmen who are exempt from federal labor laws that limit the number of hours in a workweek.

S.1810 – Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013

Introduced in Senate (12/12/2013)

Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013 – Establishes the Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration (SSA), to be headed by the Deputy Commissioner of SSA. Entitles every individual to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month beginning on the first day of the first month in which the individual meets the criteria specified below and ending 365 days later (benefit period), not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per period. Qualifies for such a benefit payment any individual who:

  1. is insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time his or her application is filed;
  2. has earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing it;
  3. has filed an application for a FMLI benefit in accordance with this Act; and
  4. was engaged in qualified caregiving, or anticipates being so engaged, during the 90-day period before the application is filed or within 30 days after.

Defines “qualified caregiving” as any activity engaged in by an individual, other than regular employment, for a reason for which an eligible employee would be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Prescribes a formula for determination of an individual’s monthly FMLI benefit payment, as well as for the maximum and the minimum monthly benefit amounts. Requires a FMLI benefit payment to be coordinated with any periodic benefits received from temporary disability insurance or family leave insurance programs under any state law or plan, local government, or an instrumentality of two or more states. Prescribes criteria that makes an individual ineligible for a FMLI benefit payment. Specifies prohibited acts by an employer, and penalties for violations. Establishes the Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund in the Treasury. Requires FMLI benefit payments to be made only from this Fund. Prohibits the use of amounts from the Social Security Trust Fund or appropriated to the SSA to administer Social Security programs for FMLI benefits or administration. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a tax on every individual and employer, all self-employment income, and every railroad employee, employee representative, or railroad employer to finance the Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund in the Treasury for FMLI benefits.

H.R.1941 – Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013

Introduced in House (05/09/2013)

Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013 – Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to extend the requirement that certain employers provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child to bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity employees or outside salesmen who are exempt from federal labor laws that limit the number of hours in a workweek.

H.R.3712 – Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013

Introduced in House (12/12/2013)

Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013 – Establishes the Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration (SSA), to be headed by the Deputy Commissioner of SSA. Entitles every individual to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month beginning on the first day of the first month in which the individual meets the criteria specified below and ending 365 days later (benefit period), not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per period. Qualifies for such a benefit payment any individual who:

  1. is insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time his or her application is filed;
  2. has earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing it;
  3. has filed an application for a FMLI benefit in accordance with this Act; and
  4. was engaged in qualified caregiving, or anticipates being so engaged, during the 90-day period before the application is filed or within 30 days after.

Defines “qualified caregiving” as any activity engaged in by an individual, other than regular employment, for a reason for which an eligible employee would be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Prescribes a formula for determination of an individual’s monthly FMLI benefit payment, as well as for the maximum and the minimum monthly benefit amounts. Requires a FMLI benefit payment to be coordinated with any periodic benefits received from temporary disability insurance or family leave insurance programs under any state law or plan, local government, or an instrumentality of two or more states. Prescribes criteria that makes an individual ineligible for a FMLI benefit payment. Specifies prohibited acts by an employer, and penalties for violations. Establishes the Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund in the Treasury. Requires FMLI benefit payments to be made only from this Fund. Prohibits the use of amounts from the Social Security Trust Fund or appropriated to the SSA to administer Social Security programs for FMLI benefits or administration. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a tax on every individual and employer, all self-employment income, and every railroad employee, employee representative, or railroad employer to finance the Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund in the Treasury for FMLI benefits.

H.R.4492 – TRICARE Moms Improvement Act of 2014

Introduced in House (04/28/2014)

TRICARE Moms Improvement Act of 2014 – Requires the contracts entered into by the Secretary of Defense (DOD) for medical care for military dependents (e.g., TRICARE) to provide for breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling as appropriate during pregnancy and the postpartum period.Current Initiatives