President Signs Paid Sick Leave Executive Order
September 14, 2015
President Obama signed an executive order guaranteeing paid sick leave to employees of federal contractors. The order extends paid sick leave to around 300,000 employees who previously had none. The order comes on the heel of ordinances in Philadelphia and other states granting sick leave for workers. Obama announced the policy on Labor Day at a speech in Boston.
The paid leave covers a total of seven potential sick days a year. For every 30 hours worked a worker receives at least one hour of paid sick leave. The leave also includes absences related to stalking, sexual assault, or domestic violence. The amount of sick leave is a baseline, and individual contractors could provide more. The policy will take effect for federal contractors around in 2017.
Obama also encouraged cities and states to pass similar ordinances, as well as Congress. He specifically called on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would require companies with more than 15 employees to grant seven or more sick days annually.
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