President Obama’s most recent executive order on paid sick leave is a “big idea” and as such, it’s become a big deal. But once the fanfare dies and the “big idea” is relegated to the corporate process, we will see that it was heavier on ideals than instruction.
According to the order, sick days will be earned, not simply awarded. Workers (at this time only those on federal contracts) will earn 1 hour of time off for every 30 hours they worked, with a cap at 7 days per year. This process seems straightforward, perhaps even fair.