Obama orders government contractors to offer paid sick leave

Obama speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast in BostonBOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday ordered government contractors to offer their workers seven days of paid sick leave a year and, without naming them, knocked Republican presidential candidates for advocating what he said were anti-union policies. Obama signed an executive order on sick leave, which the White House said would affect some 300,000 people, during a flight to Boston, where he spoke at a union event. Starting in 2017, workers on government contracts will earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

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