Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day September 7, 2015 during his meeting with labor leaders in Boston President Obama signed his Executive Order requiring companies that work under contracts with the federal government to extend a paid sick leave to their employees. Federal contractors’ employees are about 300,000 people. They will get this benefit. But it is still a fraction of our labor market. Most employees in various sectors of the national economy still don’t have it. According to Mr. Obama, right now about 40% of private sector workers, or about 44 million people in the U.S. “don’t have access to paid sick leave.” Under the terms of the Executive Order the employees […]

Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave

Unlike most or we should say all developed countries, the U.S.A. do not have a mandatory paid maternity leave. At the same time some tech companies have already declared that they would offer paid parental leave and other family related benefits. For instance, Microsoft announced that company’s female employees who just gave birth would be entitled to 20 weeks of paid leave. Netflix amended its parental leave policy by offering up to 12 months and potentially “unlimited” unpaid vacation time. Google is also revising its policy and offering more generous parental and family leave. It might look like a sign of a new nationwide trend. On the other hand, it […]