Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a law allowing Americans to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time, senior advisor
About 43 million private sector employees have no form of paid sick leave, and only California, New Jersey and Rhode Island offer paid family and medical leave,
"The United States remains the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave," she wrote.
Obama is expected to promote the plan Thursday as he travels to Baltimore to meet with Democratic lawmakers. He will call on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow millions of workers to get seven days of paid sick time, and urge states and cities to pass similar measures, Jarrett said.
The president was inspired to propose the new initiatives by thousands of letters from working parents, she said, noting in particular a recent one from a mother of two in Maryland.
A full-time employee raising a family, the woman said she often felt like she was in a "no-win situation," Jarrett wrote.
The Obama administration has called on Congress to pass the law before, with little impact. It first endorsed the bill in 2009, shortly after it was introduced by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep.
Obama is also expected to lay out a new proposal to encourage states to set up paid leave programs. The plan would provide money from the Department of Labor to pay for studies needed to determine the optimal policies, according to Jarrett.