Obama to expand paid sick leave to employees of federal contractors

President Obama on Monday will order federal contractors to offer employees paid sick leave, the White House announced.

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He will sign an executive order giving approximately 300,000 people working on federal contractors up to seven days of paid sick leave each year, according to an administration fact sheet.

Workers will be able to use paid sick leave to care for themselves, a family member or another loved one.

The order, which the president will address Monday morning during comments in Boston, builds upon a theme in his State of the Union address in January.

“We are the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers,” he said then. ”And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.”

In January, Obama directed the federal government to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave. He also called on Congress to pass legislation giving federal employees six additional weeks of paid parental leave.

The White House also pointed out that Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget also includes over $2 billion in funds to encourage states to establish paid family and medical leave programs.

The president on Monday will also call on Congress to pass legislation expanding paid sick and family leave.

He’ll also announce new rules giving federal contract workers new tools to demand equal pay.