The federal government is following a state-led trend in paid sick leave obligations
By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
In the absence of federal requirements on paid sick leave, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking a step in that direction with a new rule to cover a corner of federal contracts.
On Feb. 25, the Labor Department published a proposed rule that would add paid sick leave obligations to certain federal contractors. The rule is the result of President Obama’s Executive Order 13706 announced last Labor Day.
“Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors” would require employers to provide employees on federal contracts with up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. The subset of covered employers is similar to that covered by Obama’s executive order establishing a minimum wage, which includes construction contracts under the Davis-Bacon Act and service and concession contracts under the Service Contract Act.
“Providing access to paid sick leave will improve the health and performance of employees of federal contractors and bring benefits packages at federal contractors in line with model employers, ensuring that they remain competitive employers in the search for dedicated and talented employees,” according to the executive order.