If you’re going to do business as a contractor for the federalgovernment, you best start adding up to seven days per employee peryear into your paid leave bank.

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President Obama signed an executive order on Labor Day (thus puttinghimself into the “those-who-had-to-work-on-Labor-Day” category)guaranteeing employees of federal contractors up to seven paid sick days per year.

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It’s one of several items on the president’s to-do list that hetook care of without Congressional blessing. Actually, reported theNew York Times, the gesture is mostly symbolic. The order must beput through the wringer of a public comment period, which means itprobably won’t take effect until the 2017 contracting year.

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“But the White House hopes it will set a standard that will prodlawmakers, private employers, and state and local governments toexpand their leave policies,” the Times opined.

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The way this one works, part-time and full time federalcontractor employees would be credited with an hour of paidsick leave for 30 hours worked. There are few restrictions on useof the time. The Times cited “officials” who estimated the orderwould cover about 300,000 employees.

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