“Most families today shouldn’t have to choose between caring for their loved ones and losing out on a day’s pay,” commented APALA National President Johanna Hester on the administration’s actions. The Department of Labor (DOL) rule requiring federal contractors’ employees to earn up to seven paid sick days will go into effect for new solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2017 and is cited to benefit 1.15 million people.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also finalized its data collection rule, which would collect summary pay on gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees. “Far too long have women been paid less than their male counterparts. This data will be so powerful for our advocacy to push for equal pay for equal work,” added Hester.
Hester stated: “The administration is taking steps in the right direction, but we still have so much more work to do. It is absolutely crucial that the next administration keeps efforts like this going and that we rally for candidates who really understand and can get behind the needs of working people in America.”