Obama commends Vermont for paid sick leave

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — President Barack Obama is commending Vermont and Gov. Peter Shumlin for guaranteeing paid sick leave for working Vermonters.

Shumlin, a Democrat, signed the bill into law Wednesday.

The law requires employers starting next year to provide a minimum of three paid days off a year for employees to use when they're sick or to care for a child or family member. The amount increases to five days in 2019.

Obama says he is calling on Congress "to help us catch up with other advanced nations and provide this basic security to all Americans." Meanwhile, he urges other states to follow Vermont's lead.

Supporters say Vermont joins California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, the District of Columbia and 20 cities in mandating paid sick leave.