President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave For Parents

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President Obama called on Congress to make a proposal that requires companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. He will also take executive action to give at least six weeks of paid leave to federal employees after the birth or adoption of a child.

The legislative proposal was modeled on a bill by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who first introduced the bill in 2005 with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Obama wants Congress to spend $2.2 billion to help states and cities develop paid family leave programs.

“Workplaces need to respond to the reality of family life in the 21st century, and allowing employees to have seven sick days a year is a bare minimum,” DeLauro said. “The fact that the United States is one of just a handful of countries that does not require paid family or sick leave is nothing short of shameful.”

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