ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows breastfeeding mothers to be exempted from jury duty.
“While jury service is a critically important civic duty, we also know new moms oftentimes juggle countless responsibilities and navigate enormous adjustments in the early stages of their child’s life,” Cuomo said. “This commonsense measure takes that reality into account by providing new moms the flexibility and option to postpone jury service while they care for a newborn.”
The new legislation allows service to be postponed for up to two years.
To postpone service, a mother must submit a doctor’s note with her postponement application to verify she is, in fact, breastfeeding.
Service must not have already been postponed or excused.
“We are working to increase access and reduce the stigma for breastfeeding mothers in New York,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “This new law will give mothers who are breastfeeding the option to postpone jury duty to help ensure the care and support needed during their pregnancy. This action builds on our efforts as part of the Women’s Justice Agenda, working to achieve equality and justice for all New Yorkers. We will not stop fighting to make sure women’s rights are protected, and attain true gender equality once and for all.”
This provision immediately takes effect.