Obama renews push for paid leave for working parents

Jan 15, 2015 3:35 PM by News Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for parents and other workers.

Visiting a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick leave to its small workforce, Obama said he's astonished that so many people don't get it.

The White House said this week that Obama will make a new push on the issue, beginning with the State of Union address he delivers Tuesday night.

Obama will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow tens of millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year. He'll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion to encourage states to create paid family and medical leave programs.

In addition, Obama will take steps to provide federal employees with up to six weeks of paid sick leave to care for a new child. And he'll propose that Congress pass legislation to give federal workers an additional six weeks of paid parental leave.

Details on how Obama would raise the $2 billion will be released next month.


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