Valerie Jarrett, senior White House adviser, will be in Chicago Thursday to discuss paid leave policies.
Jarrett is coming to Chicago as part of a national "Lead on Leave" tour to promote the Obama administration's proposals for workplace flexibility and access to paid leave. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is also making stops across the country on the tour.
"This is not an area where there should be friction. The evidence demonstrates it would be good for business," Jarrett said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jarrett is set to talk about paid leave policies during events at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business' Gleacher Center.
In Chicago's election last month, 82 percent of voters said "yes" to the question of whether private employers in Chicago should offer paid sick leave to their employees "in the event of a personal or family illness, an incident of domestic or sexual violence, or a school or building closure due to a public health emergency."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to convene a task force soon that will "address paid sick leave for workers, provide protections to shift workers and pregnant employees and expand access to paid leave for new parents," according to an announcement last month on the mayor's office's Facebook page.