Workers Can Now Benefit From Sick Leave To Attend To Family Situations
By Caribbean Business on December 31, 2015
SAN JUAN – Gov. Alejandro García Padilla signed into law two health related bills, including House bill 695, which will allow workers to use sick leave to attend to health situations of their family and children.
The governor explained in a press release the bill amends the Minimum Wage, Vacation and Sick Leave Law, so that workers can use their accumulated days to attend to situations related to the health and or medical treatment of their children, elderly or handicapped parents under their care.
According to García Padilla, the law originally covered employees from the public sector, but now will also include employees from the private sector that may be facing similar situations with a family member, without having to face any economic sanction.
Another bill signed into law was House bill number 1051, which repealed the old Nursing Law to give way to the Puerto Rico Nursing Regulation Act.
García Padilla assured the new law tempers the conditions of nursing in Puerto Rico taking into consideration all the changes in academic preparation and the changes in terms of the cultural diversity of the society they service. The new law seeks to provide patients optimum health care to Puerto Ricans.