Just a year after President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule mandating that federal contractors provide paid sick leave to employees who work “on or in connection with” federal contracts. The rule applies to new and renewed contracts with the federal government that are solicited and awarded on or after Jan. 1, 2017 (the rule contains a few narrow exclusions).
The rule explains that employees perform work “on” a covered contract when their work is directly related to the specific services called for by the contract (e.g., technicians wiring a public building). And employees perform work “in connection with” a covered contract when their work is not directly related to the services called for by the contract but is necessary to the performance of the contract (e.g., a security guard monitoring a construction worksite where covered work is being done).
The final rule permits eligible employees to take paid sick leave (1) for an employee’s incidents of physical or mental illness; (2) for the care of a sick family member; (3) for an employee’s visits to health care providers, including for preventive care; and (4) for an employee to take a family member to a medical appointment. The rule also permits paid sick leave to be taken for medical reasons or to obtain other services related to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Continue Reading