Obama Seizes The Political High Ground With Plan For Paid Worker Sick Leave


President Obama dealt another blow to congressional Republicans with executive action to expand sick leave for federal workers and a call for increased paid sick leave for all American workers.

Now more than ever, our Nation’s economic success rests on our ability to empower our citizens to choose jobs that best utilize their talents and interests. All employers, including the Federal Government, should support parents to ensure they can both contribute fully in the workplace and also meet the needs of their families. The availability of paid maternity leave, for example, has been shown to increase the likelihood that mothers return to their jobs following the birth of a child, and paid maternity and paternity leave has been shown to improve the health and development outcomes of the infant. In addition, it is critically important for parents and their newborn or newly adopted child to have the opportunity to form strong family attachments and relationships.

Men and women both need time to care for their families and should have access to workplace flexibilities that help them succeed at work and at home. Offering family leave and other workplace flexibilities to parents can help achieve the goals of recruiting and retaining talent, lowering costly worker turnover, increasing employee engagement, boosting employee morale, and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce. Yet, the United States lags behind almost every other country in
ensuring some form of paid parental leave to its Federal workforce; we are the only developed country in the world without it.

My memorandum of June 23, 2014 (Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Programs), directs the heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) to more fully utilize workplace flexibilities and work-life programs to promote recruitment, retention, employee engagement, and workforce productivity. My Administration fully supports efforts to align the Federal Government with the parental leave policies of leading private sector companies and other industrialized countries, and will continue to take administrative steps to modernize leave policies to better support Federal employees.

The action that the president took today builds on the memo that he signed last summer by giving federal employees six weeks of paid sick leave for the birth of a child. The president will also ask Congress to pass a bill that would give federal employees six more weeks of parental leave. Obama is also going to ask Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers in businesses with fifteen or more employees to earn up to seven paid sick days a year.

It has been 22 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act was passed. Over the last two decades, the juggling act between work and family has become even more difficult for American workers. Both parents are working in more than sixty percent of American households. More than 60% of women with children under the age of five are working. Republicans portray themselves as the pro-family party, but they oppose measures that would benefit American families.

Politically, President Obama is challenging Republicans to walk the walk. Since the November election, the president has systematically knocked congressional Republicans back on their heels through a series of executive actions. The president is challenging Republicans to oppose legislation that would help working families.

The president has opened up a new front in his battle with the Republican controlled congress that is certain to put Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell on the defensive.

13 Replies to “Obama Seizes The Political High Ground With Plan For Paid Worker Sick Leave”

  1. THIS is what government is supposed to do. Use the Federal government workforce not only to provide infrastructure and services, but to provide competition for Labor.
    Reagan/VP Bush killed the Unions and our world-class Civil Service because the government was an attractive employer.

    Unionized, protected from politics, with a solid compensation package you could raise a family and retire on. And depend on.

    That is why Grover wants to drown it in the bathtub.

  2. Mr. Obama Always takes the high moral ground. What would be a headline would be if he didn’t, by that I mean NOT what the Goebbels channel has fabricated but an actual event. That is why the ReichWing hates him and we Democrats, Progressives and Liberals so much. We take the high moral ground because only a cogent, sane HUMAN would and fight for it against those who feel that we should be drug down into their dark mire of draconian theological rule.

  3. But they call us hateful. They deny a living wage and they say YAY USA. They deny equal access to the ballot and they say YAY USA. They hate people who have disabilities and they say YAY USA. They are the ones with no morals or values and no matter how much they go their segregated churches on Sunday CONS are the most hateful people to ever walk this Earth and I despise every last one of them

  4. Republicans can’t keep up now. The good stuff is flying off the President’s desk and the pens are HOT! ;)
    The only thing the Republicans can do now is “read ’em and weep”. They can’t say no to the good “stuff” or else it will really put them in the Grinch box. They are FUMING, FUMING I tell you. Why is Obama pleasing the country they say, we don’t like it….we got to impeach this guy. (Laughter).

  5. Hey, are the Republicans going to SUE him for this? Ha! The thought has probably risen again in their spiteful minds.

  6. Horsefeathers tim! You have absolutely NO idea what in the Sam Hell you’re talking about! Come on tim..you can babble better than that….

  7. Every other country in the modern world gives its workers fair sick and annual leave, also holidays. Notice how the rethug
    house and senate always take their own holidays, in fact now that they want employees to do a 40 hour week before they qualify for health insurance we have a lot of legislators that don’t qualify!

  8. I swear that Kenyan usurper is sure putting a lot bankruptcy lawyers out of business. How dare he

    Another economic benefit of Obamacare: Fewer People Are Having Trouble Paying Their Medical Bills.

    This means fewer Americans having to file for bankruptcy and ruining their credit scores. It also means that they have more money in their pockets to buy things, which further stimulates the economy.

    I say we should impeach his ass

  9. For the idiot who downvoted everyone I would to remind your ignorant ass that if a co-worker comes in sick you are risk of catching whatever that person has.

    I know being a bagger you cant think but just keep that in mind

  10. That’s a lie. However, it’s not an exaggeration OR a lie when I say that companies have been legally robbing the American worker blind for decades, thanks to your political Party – which should be renamed as The Koch Bros Party since they own it.

    Get informed, tim. You’re obviously having trouble with the cold, hard facts. You’re clearly one of the reasons this country is the second most ignorant country in the developed world, only behind Italy. Are you proud of that?

  11. Maybe those attorneys can revive their careers by defending the wrongfully accused in our country who never gets justice because they can’t afford it.

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