Paid sick leave: Obama to issue order – Politico


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The president will require federal contractors to grant it.

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order Monday that requires federal contractors to grant at least seven days of paid sick leave to their employees, including 300,000 who had none.

Obama is set to address the order during a Labor Day speech at a Boston breakfast and rally, where he will also call on Congress to extend paid leave to millions more Americans by passing the Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that all employers with more than 15 employees would have to grant at least seven sick days annually. In addition, Obama will point to Massachusetts as an example of a state that has passed similar sick leave laws, calling on other cities and states to do the same.

The order set to be issued would grant employees of federal contractors at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, though individual contractors could opt for more. It also takes into account absences related to stalking, sexual assault or domestic violence, the White House said.

The pay-for is not directly addressed by the White House in a fact sheet, which told The Associated Press that it could not estimate how many federal contractors did not currently offer paid sick leave, due to a host of state and local laws that complicate the count.

The policy will begin with federal contractors in 2017, as Obama leaves office.

Obama’s order is another in a series pushing his agenda on the workplace, following a Labor Department proposal earlier this summer to raise the threshold for overtime pay, which would expand wages for as many as 5 million people starting in 2016. He has also signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractor employees to $10.10.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are set to attend the same event, while Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a presidential bid, is slated to appear with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a parade in Pittsburgh on Monday.


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