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Paid sick leave order for federal contractors

New York Teacher

President Obama on Sept. 7 issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave to employees, the latest in a recent series of workplace reforms put forward by this administration.

Under the new order, which will take effect in 2017, federal contractors must grant employees at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work.

Three-hundred thousand workers who currently have no paid sick leave will get it under this rule.

Obama announced the new order during his speech at a Labor Day breakfast and rally in Boston, where he also called on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would extend paid sick time to millions more Americans by requiring employers with more than 15 employees to grant at least seven sick days annually.

The Obama administration has also taken other actions to bolster workers’ rights. The Department of Labor proposed during the summer to raise the salary threshold up to which workers are eligible for overtime pay and the president issued an executive order raising the minimum wage that federal contractors must pay their employees to $10.10 per hour.

Politico, Sept. 7

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