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Old 07-21-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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When you pump at work are you on the clock or do you have to clock out? My boss keeps making me clock off and I feel like it's so stupid that I have to clock off just for a 15 minute break.

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Old 07-21-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: Pumping at work ?

Do people have to clock off when they take a smoke break?

Not attacking smokers or anything, but it always seemed unfair to me when I was working that smokers got extra breaks.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:28 PM   #3
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That's a really good point! I'm going to tell them that! Because I used to smoke when I first started here and I never had to clock off then...
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Re: Pumping at work ?

If it is an extra break beyond what other people get, or if everyone clocks out for their breaks, then definitely clock out... but if no one clocks out for their break & you're using your time to pump, then I would surely push the issue.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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If it is an extra break beyond what other people get, or if everyone clocks out for their breaks, then definitely clock out... but if no one clocks out for their break & you're using your time to pump, then I would surely push the issue.
See I work in a hair salon and we are paid hourly. We never had to clock out for smoke breaks or if we want to walk down to the end of the shopping center to get a drink but my manager has been clocking me off when i take a break in the back to pump...

But there isn't really set breaks but when we have spare time we hang out or go get something to drink...

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Re: Pumping at work ?

Are there laws to protect you? I'm not sure...

I was able to 'work' while I pumped. Some work, not all.
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Re: Pumping at work ?

It may be the issue of you are not available to come back to work easily if needed. It may be viewed that coming back in from smoking or down the block might be quicker than waiting on you to finish pumping.

I personally don't think you should if everyone else is smoking/getting a drink. Good luck.

You might look up the laws before pushing the issue.
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Nope no one has ever told me to clock out to pump thank goodness.
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Re: Pumping at work ?

The new fed law gives you the right to take the pump break, but doesn't say it needs to be paid. My employer won't let me clock out for it, because technically we're allowed 2 breaks (although no one takes them. They had to mandate (and still often remind) that we take lunch breaks. However, the breaks count against me productivity-wise, so I'd rather clock out. It makes it hard for me to prioritize pumping, which has begun to affect my supply, of course.
So I sympathize with you. It's so very hard/complicated to pump when you work full time. Anyone who does it has my utmost respect.
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Re: Pumping at work ?

I'm salary, BUT my boss is a major PITA about my pumping breaks. She'll often leave nasty notes on my computer screen if I take more than 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the lactation room is on the other side of the building and it takes me several minutes to get there. I have to work through my lunch in order to make up my time. The kids have to be dropped off/picked up at daycare at certain times, making my life dictated by the clock.
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