Obama Asks For Paid Leave In SOTU Speech
The president is proposing paid parental leave and paid sick leave — an all-out retooling of the archaic Family and Medical Leave Act.By Nathan Byrne | January 20, 2015
"Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. ... And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home," said President Obama in his State of the Union address.
Family, work and leave. These words peppered President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address.
The president is pushing for the federal government to put up $2.2 billion to let states offer paid-leave programs. This, in contrast to family leave in its current state — which is often unpaid.