DOL has recently (Feb 24) proposed a rule requiring federal contractors to provide workers with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. The proposal is for contractors to offer one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work. Employees could use the time to care for themselves or family members and for absences resulting from sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking.

The proposed paid leave requirement would apply to new or renewed contracts beginning in 2017. There are some limited exceptions proposed, including for arrangements with Indian tribes and construction contracts under $2,000, and the proposed rule further exempts contractor employees who perform work on a federal contract but also spend at least 80 percent of their weekly hours on other non-contract work.

Also of note, sick leave would carry over from year to year. Service Contract Act and concession contracts are within coverage of the proposed rule, and not just construction contracts.

There is a 30-day public comment period, after which DOL has until Sept 30 to issue a final rule. As of the posting of this blog, the proposed rule is available at the Federal Register website at this link:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/25/2016-03722/establishing-paid-sick-leave-for-federal-contractors