The Department of Labor Forces Contractors to Give Paid Sick Days

On September 7, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring Federal contractors to establish paid sick leave for their employees and the Department of Labor (DOL) published the Final Rule today. The rule will require affected employers to provide 7 days of paid sick leave to their employees. The Federal government estimates approximately 600,000 employees will now be eligible for paid sick leave that did not have the benefit previously.

The good news is these regulations only apply to a portion of Federal Contractors. Employees of businesses that contract with the Federal government for construction, services and concessions will now be required to allow their workers to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Examples of these business include those that contract to provide day care in Federal office buildings, provide construction services funded by the Federal government and sell souvenirs in…



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