Executive Order Extends Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors

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President Barack Obama signed an executive order Sept. 7 requiring federal contractors to offer employees up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. Starting with new contracts in 2017, workers would earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, a White House fact sheet said. The Labor Department is to issue the regulations needed to implement the order by Sept. 30, 2016. Obama also called on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 932, S. 497), which would require all businesses with at least 15 employees to offer up to seven paid sick days each year and for states and cities pass laws that expand paid leave.