Executive Order Signed — Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
On September 7, 2015 the President signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year, including paid leave allowing for family care.
The Executive Order the President signed:
- Gives approximately 300,000 people working on federal contracts the new ability to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave each year. Additional workers will gain access to more sick leave than they had before. Beginning with new contracts in 2017, workers will earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked (though contractors would be free to offer more generous amounts at their discretion);
- Allows workers to use paid sick leave to care for themselves, a family member, such as a child, parent, spouse, or domestic partner, or another loved one, as well as for absences resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
- Improves the health and performance of employees of federal contractors and bring benefits packages offered by federal contractors in line with leading firms, ensuring they remain competitive in the search for dedicated and talented employees; and
- Protects the public health of employees of federal contractors, their customers, and clients by ensuring employees are allowed to stay home when they have communicable diseases.
For more information please visit WhiteHouse.gov.
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