The Trump administration is considering major changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, days after media sources announced that the president’s Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had effectively taken control of the Department of Labor’s rule-making process, according to Newsweek.
The Act in question gives workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a variety of health and family issues, including childbirth.
The Department announced last week the change would seek to “reduce the administrative and compliance burdens on employers” while trying to “better protect and suit the needs of workers.”
A specific proposal has not been officially announced. Trump’s top labor policy adviser James Sherk, however, previously said the policy is too lenient, and suggested limiting the types of medical conditions covered by the legislation.
The potential regulation will go into effect after a 60 day public comment period.
On May 28, Bloomberg reported that Mulvaney had wrestled control over the rule-making process at the Department of Labor from Secretary Alexander Acosta. The chief of staff now has a final decision over any policy or timeline problems -- a power he has exercised since January of this year.
The move led to an acceleration of discussions on rules related to overtime pay, job training, and workplace safety, according to sources cited by the New York-based outlet.