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Obama orders a 'better future' at work with sick leave for federal contractors

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On Monday morning, a sign behind the stage where he spoke at the GREATER BOSTON LABOR COUNCIL LABOR DAY BREAKFAST read "Workers and Community, United for a Stronger Future.” sident Obama has just announced a massive gift to federal contractors and subcontractors this Labor Day. He has signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees sick leave to attend to the most common personal and family affairs. The action will allow one hour of paid time off for every 30 hours worked. Obama's more flexible workforce policies encompass one of the most common concerns of federal workers taking time off, maternity leave.

Obama put his reason for the policy change into global perspective, while showing sensitivity to working mothers, stating: "Right now, we are the only advanced nation on Earth that does not guarantee paid maternity leave. Think about that. (Applause.) You had -- one study found that nearly one in four working moms return to work within two weeks of childbirth. Think about that. Now, for the men in the audience in particular, think about that. We wouldn’t even go to work if we had to carry around somebody for nine months. The human race would evaporate. We couldn’t even take it. (Laughter and applause.) And then the notion that after you had that baby you had to go back to work two weeks later. . ."
The Executive Order specifies the new policy is "effective immediately and shall apply to covered contracts where the solicitation for such contract has been issued, or the contract has been awarded outside the solicitation process, on or after January 1, 2017."