On September 7, Labor Day, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven paid sick days annually, depending on the number of hours employees work. According to the White House, the order will benefit about 300,000 workers.
The president also urged Congress to pass legislation guaranteeing similar benefits to private-sector workers. The majority of the current Congress opposes mandated paid sick leave, however, so any additional paid leave requirements in the near future will most likely be produced at the state or local level. To encourage states to establish paid family and medical leave programs, the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget includes over $2 billion in funds for this purpose.
For more information, see the the White House press release here.