DOL Issues Final Rule on PSL for Federal Contractors

Oct 5 2016 - Time Off - HRWatchdog

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Paid sick leave rules for federal contractors coming in 2017.

On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule requiring federal contractors to provide workers with paid sick leave.

As previously reported, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 in early September mandating employees of federal contractors and subcontractors receive up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year.

The final rule will apply to all covered contracts solicited and awarded on or after January 1, 2017, including replacements for expired contracts.

Under the final rule, federal contractors must provide up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year to their employees. Additionally, the new rule establishes:

  • How employees can accrue paid sick leave;
  • Maximum accrual and carryover;
  • How the paid sick leave can be used;
  • What certification or documentation employers can require; and
  • Enforcement procedures.

Visit this DOL website for more information on the final rule, including a Fact Sheet and FAQs.


CalChamber members can learn more on current Wage and Hour Requirements for Government Contractors as well as California’s own Paid Sick Leave requirements in the HR Library. Nonmembers can download the free white paper 10 Things You Might Not Know About California’s Paid Sick Leave Law (members can read it here). Not a member? See how CalChamber can help you.

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