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Obama Signs Executive Order Granting Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on September 08, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Originally published in Time on September 7, 2015 by Nolan Feeney.

He signed a new executive order on Labor Day

President Obama signed an executive order Monday that gives an estimated 300,000 workers new access to paid sick leave.

Obama announced the executive order at the annual Greater Boston Labor Council Breakfast.
“Right now you have parents who have to choose between losing income or staying home with a sick child,” Obama told the group.

The order will require federal contractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year, according to a press release from the White House. Employees will earn an hour of paid leave per every 30 hours of work when the policy begins with 2017 federal contracts. They can use that time to care for themselves as well as family members.

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