As you may have heard — perhaps while flipping burgers or just generally enjoying the last unofficial day of summer yesterday — President Obama took the occasion of the Labor Day holiday to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year to their roughly 300,000 workers, according to the New York Times.
The story notes, however, that the impact of the executive order may not be felt for a few years after Obama leaves office:
“The executive order will have no real effect until after Mr. Obama’s presidency. Because it must first go through a public comment period, it will apply only to new federal contracts starting in 2017. But the White House hopes it will set a standard that will prod lawmakers, private employers, and state and local governments to expand their leave policies.”
For those employees who do not work for a federal contractor that does not provide paid sick leave, hope remains for them as well, as ABC News reports. It just ran a piece on how paid sick-leave laws vary across the country:
The good news for employees is that the number of paid sick leave laws has more than doubled in the past year, according to XpertHR, and that legal landscape is going to change with new laws that will take effect next year in places like Oregon; Tacoma, Washington; and Montgomery County, Maryland.
The story also breaks down the paid sick-leave laws on the books from New Jersey to California.
While employees are definitely welcoming the general shift toward more paid-sick time, ABC News quotes a source from the National Federation of Independent Business, who, “while acknowledging that Mr. Obama has the authority to place conditions on federal contractors, said his latest action was another burdensome government mandate” on private companies.
“No business in America would require its suppliers and contractors to increase costs that will naturally boomerang back in the form of higher prices,” said Jack Mozloom, the federation’s media director.