Trump administration pushes new rule on insurance industry jobs
President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new rule Friday requiring employers to offer at least a part-time worker a six-week paid vacation to get by in order to remain in compliance with federal overtime rules.
The rule also requires employers to pay out-of-pocket medical costs to workers who are sick or injured during their shifts, and it requires employers with 20 or more workers to provide paid leave for employees to care for sick family members.
The Labor Department said the new rule will help companies keep their workers and employees healthy and promote economic growth.
“We’re seeing more and more companies taking the time to provide more of these benefits, and we think that’s a win-win for the American people,” Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said.
The new rule, which is expected to take effect in 2020, also will allow workers who have been out of the workforce for at least three years to take advantage of a paid family leave policy.
The policy allows workers to receive two weeks of paid time off for a single child.
A key component of the rule is the requirement that employers provide paid time-off for their employees who are injured or sick while on the job.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the rule will protect workers from serious illness.
In the past, many employers have denied workers paid sick leave because of the potential for injury or illness during the workday, which has resulted in lawsuits that have been settled.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.