President Obama to propose paid sick leave for employees

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Thursday will call on Congress to pass stalled legislation requiring companies with 15 or more workers to offer up to seven days of paid sick leave annually.

He’ll also announce that he is directing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child, and that he will ask Congress to pass legislation giving federal employees an additional six weeks of paid parental leave.

The president will also propose that Congress approve $2 billion to encourage states to develop paid family and medical leave, according to a White House memo. read more