Posts Tagged ‘workers

29
Mar
17

Paid Leave: A Necessity; Not A Luxury

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Noam Scheiber: U.S. Will Require Its Contractors To Provide Paid Sick Leave

The Obama administration, in its latest effort to update workplace policies it says have lagged far behind the realities of Americans’ lives, will require federal government contractors to provide paid sick leave to their workers. The rule, which was issued on Thursday and which the Labor Department estimates will directly affect more than 1.1 million people once fully in effect, enables workers to accrue up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. The move serves as a coda to the administration’s ongoing efforts to enhance rights and protections for workers, including making millions more eligible for overtime pay and expanding workers’ rights to sue over pay discrimination.  In recent years, more than 20 cities and states around the country have passed laws mandating paid sick leave,

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which voters generally support, polls show. New York City passed its own such law in 2013 and expanded it the next year. Republican-leaning Arizona appears on the verge of enacting such a measure by a ballot initiative this fall. But legislation that would mandate paid sick leave nationwide, notably the so-called Healthy Families Act, has stalled in Congress for years, prompting the administration to seek alternative ways of achieving the policy’s goals. The rule, which does not need additional approval, requires that workers in assignments related to many federal contracts receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work, for up to 56 hours of leave a year. Workers will be able to use the days to receive medical attention, care for a relative or deal with complications arising from domestic violence or sexual assault. The rule affects only contracts solicited by the government beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.

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28
Oct
16

Chat Away

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Oct
16

Early Bird Chat

14
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10:30AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:20AM: President Obama meets with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

12:45PM: President Obama has lunch with Vice President Biden

1PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

4PM: President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

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13
Sep
16

Change You Can See, Feel, and Believe

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05
Sep
16

Labor Day: A Letter From President Obama

12
Aug
16

Chat Away

19
May
16

Chat Away

17
May
16

A Tweet Or Two

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21
Mar
16

Day One In Cuba: The First Family

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President Barack Obama and daughter Malia share a laugh as Malia interprets in Spanish for a restauranteur in Havana, Cuba

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President Barack Obama greets hotel workers

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First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha tour La Catedral de la Virgen Maria de la Concepcion Inmaculada in Old Havana, Cuba

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More Pete Souza amazingness right here

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