Obama signs executive order on paid sick leave

US President Barack Obama addresses the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast on September 7, 2015 in Boston, MassachusettsUS President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday that will give employees working for federal contractors up to seven days of paid sick leave annually. The measure, which will affect approximately 300,000 people, applies to new contracts beginning in 2017, and gives workers one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Obama signed the executive order on the United States’ Labor Day holiday, as he flew to speak to labor leaders in Boston.

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