Federal Contractors Will Be Required To Provide Employees Paid Sick Days



By:  Claudia D. Orr 


While you were enjoying your Labor Day, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will require all federal contractors to provide employees a minimum of seven paid sick days annually.  The annual paid sick leave will be included “to the extent permitted by law” in all federal contracts entered into after January 1, 2017.

Sick time will be earned at not less than one hour for every 30 hours worked and the total accrual may not be limited to less than 56 hours.  Employees will be able to use sick time for absences resulting from:

  • their own physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition
  • for obtaining diagnosis, care or preventive care
  • caring for a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner or any other individual related by blood or affinity who close association is equivalent of a family relationship

Paid sick time will need to be requested at least seven days in advance if the need is foreseeable, or as soon as practicable if not.

Paid sick time will carry over from year to year.  However, unused time will not have to paid-out upon termination, but it will need to be reinstated if the employee is rehired within twelve months of termination.

Regulations will be drafted to further explain the requirements, but the executive order is now available for review  at:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/08/executive-order-establishing-paid-sick-leave-federal-contractors.

If you need assistance with this, or any other employment/labor issue, please contact the author, Claudia Orr at 313-983-4863 or corr@plunkettcooney.com.  Claudia is the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Detroit SHRM and an attorney at Plunkett Cooney in Detroit.

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