Obama speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast in Boston

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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