USDOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Paid Sick Leave for Certain Federal Contractors
October 4, 2016regulations for Executive Order 13658, which requires payment of a higher minimum wage to employees of certain Federal contractors. Coverage applies to four types of contracts (including subcontracts):
- Procurement contracts for construction covered by the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA);
- Service contracts covered by the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA);
- Concessions contracts, including any concessions contracts excluded from the SCA; and
- Contracts in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering of services for Federal employees, their dependents, or the general public.
- An option to provide employees with the 56 hours of paid sick leave at the beginning of each year, rather than accruing throughout the year. Under the accrual method, employees would accrue 1 hour for every 30 hours worked on a Federal contract.
- The addition of a provision specifying that contractors who grant PTO that meets the requirements in the final rule do not have to provide separate paid sick leave even if the employee uses all of the time for vacation.
- A grace period until January 1, 2020, or the termination date of the labor agreement, whichever is sooner, for contractors with a collective bargaining agreement that provides at least 56 hours of paid leave time for health-related reasons.
- The ability for contractors to fulfill their obligations jointly with other contractors by utilizing multi-employer plans to provide access to paid sick leave.
- Confirmation that a contractor will not have to reinstate accrued sick leave that was paid out to an employee upon separation from employment if the employee returns within 12 months.