Obama orders paid sick leave for workers at federal contractorsStaff writer ▼ | September 9, 2015
President Barack Obama used Labor Day to announce a new step toward increased benefits for workers and ordered companies doing business with the government to provide paid sick leave for their employees.
Sick leave A new step toward increased benefits
"Right now, about 40% of private-sector workers - 44 million people in America - don't have access to paid sick leave," Obama said in announcing the order.
"Unfortunately, only Congress has the power to give this security to all Americans," he added, "but where I can act, I will."
White House economists say that will lead to higher productivity in an era of stagnant wages, while nudging private companies and Congress to join in updating work conditions. ■