Two exciting developments that every truck driver should be aware of have just been announced. On May 25th, the White House released the first-ever U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence and The PUMP Act, that now protects truck drivers who were previously exempt.
REAL Women in Trucking has put forth tremendous effort to raise awareness of issues that affect truck drivers at the highest levels of government in order to address workplace issues that specifically affect women. It is important you know your rights in the workplace.
U.S National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence
This 149-page "Strategies for Action" document that was just published by the White House includes the trucking industry and places the trucking community on notice that they are on the radar. The principles of the plan originate from the International Labor Organization’s Convention on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work, and it includes not only traditional workplaces but anywhere workers are paid, in places workers take rest breaks, in work-related training, and through work-related communications. You can read an overview from the U.S. Department of Labor Blog written by the Women's Bureau Director, Wendy Chun-Hoon "Ending Gender Based Violence at Work and Beyond."
The PUMP Act
Enforcement is now in effect to employers who do not comply with The PUMP Act. Truck Drivers who were previously exempt are now included as protected workers. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employees are entitled to a place to pump at work, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public. If you are a nursing Mother and a truck driver it is important you know your rights, protections and how to file a complaint if your employer is in violation.
Watch the video below to learn more: Know Your Rights ~ The PUMP Act ~ Trucking
Visit FLSA Protections to Pump at Work to learn more.
If you are a nursing Mother and a truck driver it is important you know your rights, protections and how to file a complaint if your employer is in violation. Visit FLSA Protections to Pump at Work to learn more.