The Department of Labor has announced a proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. Executive Order 13706 was signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, and requires parties that enter into covered contracts with the Federal Government to provide covered employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The proposed rule describes the categories of contracts and employees covered by the Executive Order; the rules and restrictions regarding the accrual and use of paid sick leave; the obligations of contracting agencies, the Department of Labor, and covered Federal contractors under the Order; and the remedies and enforcement procedures to implement the Orderís requirements.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published on February 25, 2016, in the Federal Register.
The NPRM invites interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed rule at www.regulations.gov by March 28, 2016. Only comments received during the comment period identified in the Federal Register published version of the NPRM will be considered part of the rulemaking record.
Based on public comments received, the Department of Labor is extending the comment period for RIN 1235-AA13 Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Proposed Rule. The comment period was originally due to close on March 28, 2016. Because of the interest that has been expressed in this matter, the Department has decided to provide an extension of the period for submitting public comment until 11:59 pm April 12, 2016. Any questions regarding this extension may be directed to Bob Waterman, Compliance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, at (202)-693-0406.
Written comments received during the comment period will be helpful in shaping a final rule. Individuals and/or organizations may submit comments according to the methods described in the NPRM.
On April 6, 2016, the Department announced it was extending the period for filing comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act and Information Collections ONLY, related to Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, until April 25, 2016. This notice did not extend the comment period on the NPRM; comments on the NPRM must still be submitted no later than April 12, 2016.