Final Rule Gives 7 Days of Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors

October 03, 2016

The Department of Labor has released its final rule implementing Executive Order 13706, "Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors". The Final Rule implements the requirement in EO 13706 that certain parties contracting with the federal government provide employees up to seven days of paid sick leave annually. Employees will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked that may be taken if they are sick, need to care for a sick family member, or must see a doctor or take a family member to a medical appointment. Paid sick leave may also be taken for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

The Final Rule applies to all covered contracts solicited and awarded on or after January 1, 2017. The Final Rule does not apply to employees working on contracts covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that provides at least 56 hours of paid sick time or paid time off that can be used for health-related reasons until January 1, 2020, or the date the CBA terminates, whichever is sooner.