This week, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a proposed rule implementing Executive Order (“EO”) 13706, which was signed by President Obama last September and requires certain federal contractors to offer paid sick leave to covered employees.  The proposed rule is similar to the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time law in several respects, including rate of accrual (1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked), permissible uses (includes family care and absences resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking), medical or other supporting documentation (may be required only for absences of three or more consecutive days), and no pay out upon separation.  Unlike Massachusetts law, however, the proposed rule provides for 56 hours of sick time per year and requires monthly written notices to employees of the amount of paid sick leave they have accrued, among other distinctions.  An estimated 828,000 employees nationwide will qualify for sick leave under these provisions.