Another Mandate on Federal Contractors


As directed by last year’s Executive Order, the Obama Administration released a proposed rule for federal contractors and subcontractors requiring them to provide seven days of paid sick leave annually, which can be used for personal illness as well as leave allowing for family care. This new mandate will apply to those employees working “on” or “in connection with” any new contracts awarded by the federal government starting January 1, 2017. The Administration believes this proposal will afford over 800,000 workers paid leave that they currently do not receive. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) staff are reviewing the details of the proposal and plan to comment by the March 28 due date.  NAM also intends to request a deadline extension. NAM welcomes input and questions.  Contact Amanda Wood, Director, Labor and Employment Policy, at (202) 637-3128.