DOL: Proposed Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractors

DOL: Proposed Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractors

Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Executive Order

DOLOn 2/25/16, the DOL released a proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13706, otherwise know as Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Executive Order, which requires federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to 56 hours (7 days) of paid sick leave per year, on new contracts entered into after January 1, 2017.

The comment period for the proposed rule has been extended until 11:59 pm April 12, 2016. For details on commenting, please visit www.dol.gov for more information.

Details and Uses of Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

It is proposed that:

  • Covered employees will accrue paid sick leave at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.
  • No contractor will be permitted to cap accrual at less than 56 hours per year, which equates to 7 days of leave.
  • Covered employees must be allowed to carryover all unused accrued sick time.
  • Paid sick leave must be reinstated for employees rehired by a covered contractor within 12 months after a job separation.

Covered employees will be able use paid sick leave for a variety of purposes, including:

  • A physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition
  • Obtaining diagnosis, care, or preventative care from a health care provider
  • Caring for a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or any other individual related by blood or affinity whose association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship, who has any of the needs listed in bullet points one and two above
  • Absences resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, if the absence is a result of seeking medical attention, obtaining counseling, seeking relocation, seeking assistance from a victim services organization, or taking related legal action.

We invite you to learn more about this proposed rule by downloading the following items:

Fact Sheet: Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

FAQs: Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

OVERVIEW of Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors (PDF)

Maryland: Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Paid sick leave legislation in Montgomery County, MD goes into effect 10/1/16

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 60-14 that will require most employers doing business in the County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the County. Enactment of the bill makes Montgomery County one of the few local jurisdictions in the nation to have some form of required sick and safe leave requirements for employees.

Read our blog post for more details:

Montgomery County Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Sick Leave Across the Country

The following is taken from DOL website (www.dol.gov) regarding federal sick leave laws. For specific sick leave laws/policies in your state, please contact FosterThomas for assistance.

Currently, there are no federal legal requirements for paid sick leave.

For companies subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Act does require unpaid sick leave. FMLA provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain medical situations for either the employee or a member of the employee’s immediate family. In many instances paid leave may be substituted for unpaid FMLA leave.

Employees are eligible to take FMLA leave if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, and have worked for at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.

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