Companies to be fined Sh1m for failure to provide breastfeeding rooms

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Muranga County women representative Sabina Chege has proposed a bill that seeks to have employers who do not provide breastfeeding spaces fined  Sh1m.

The bill which has already been tabled before the National Assembly seeks to give infants a two year protection and makes it compulsory for all persons who own, lease or rent buildings holding at least 50 people to provide a lactation room.

The proposed law indicates that the room should be clean, private facility with a baby changing tales, waste bucket and a sign indicating its location.

The bill by the women representative also bars employers from discriminating women based on pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding in accessing employment opportunities and benefits.

The law also states that any person convicted of the offence shall be Sh1m or an imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.

Moreover, those fined for not abiding by this law will pay Sh10,000 each day during which the offence continues until they up the facility.

Chege says this law is meant to enhance the health of the baby and enhance the mother-baby relationship.

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