The University of Kansas Medical Center recognizes the health and emotional advantages of breastfeeding for mothers and infants. The Medical Center will strive to offer support and flexibility to nursing mothers who are faculty, staff, residents, trainees and students to express their breast milk during work hours and on campus, while still allowing them to maintain proper focus on the performance of their duties and/or studies.
The following bullet points govern the usage of the Medical Center's Express Stations.
Reserving Express Stations
Faculty, staff, residents, trainees and students who are nursing mothers may use the Medical Center's Express Stations by scheduling dates and times using the Outlook email system. Reservations are required. In addition to providing certainty with regard to schedule, this functionality will also allow users to do a "busy" search to find available Express Stations throughout the Medical Center on an as-needed basis when employees may anticipate being asked to work in areas of the Medical Center outside of their department, or in the event of unanticipated schedule changes or other anomalies.
Express Rooms are all now in "Outlook". Here is how to schedule:
Nursing mothers are asked to advise their supervisors of the time needed away from work to express breast milk, to discuss any potential impacts to work duties during these anticipated absences, and to help ensure work is transferred appropriately prior to employees leaving their work areas, as may be necessary or appropriate. Nursing mothers may also be asked to record time spent away from their work area when leaving their department for the purpose of expressing breast milk.
Employee Classification Issues
Non-Exempt Employees. For up to a one- year period of time following the birth or adoption of her child, the Medical Center will allow non-exempt, nursing mothers whose work day is normally eight or ten hours, up to three (3) additional, thirty-minute unpaid breaks each day for the purpose of expressing breast milk while at work. Employees who are scheduled to work twelve hour shifts will be granted a fourth unpaid thirty minute break, upon request, as may be necessary. Non-exempt employees who are nursing mothers may elect to use sick, vacation or compensatory time (if available) to be paid for these breaks. Non-exempt employees may use their thirty-minute, unpaid lunch break for expressing breast milk. If individual circumstances warrant, an employee may combine lactation breaks with paid or unpaid break times with the permission of the employee's supervisor.
Exempt Employees. For up to a one- year period of time following the birth or adoption of her child, the Medical Center will allow exempt employees necessary and appropriate breaks for the purpose of expressing breast milk while at work. These breaks should be coordinated with and approved by an employee's supervisor, as may be necessary or appropriate. Exempt employees who are nursing mothers shall not be required to utilize leave time to cover time spent expressing breast milk. Exempt employees may combine lactation breaks with their lunch period, in their discretion, and with the agreement of the employee's supervisor.
Partnership With the University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Physicians
In partnership with The University of Kansas Hospital ("the Hospital"), and The University of Kansas Physicians ("UKP"), employees of the Medical Center are authorized to use lactation rooms and/or Express Stations at the Hospital and UKP. Likewise, employees of the Hospital and UKP may utilize the Medical Center's Express Stations. It should be understood that additional or different rules may apply to Hospital and UKP lactation rooms/Express Stations. It is the responsibility of the employee using these rooms to familiarize themselves with these rules and to conduct themselves accordingly.