Business: Microsoft Supports Paid Leave for Suppliers

Last Thursday, Microsoft announced that they will be taking steps to require all US affiliate contractors to offer their workers at least 15 days of paid leave per year. For the past few months, White House officials and Democrats have been encouraging more US businesses to offer their workers paid leave. For Microsoft, there will be certain restrictions: the leave will only apply to suppliers with 50+ employees and only to employees who have worked there for at least nine months. Microsoft deals with many suppliers, “from building maintenance to management consulting and software localization” stated Microsoft VP Brad Smith in the announcement on the company’s website. If companies fail to offer leave under the terms, Microsoft pledges to sever business relations with its suppliers. Smith said that Microsoft believes offering paid leave is not only a nice thing to do, but also a good business practice, leading to a “happier and more productive workforce. The people who work for our suppliers are critical to our success and we want them to have the benefit of paid time off.”

Contributor: Johanna Hartman

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