The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published on Feb. 25, 2016, in the Federal Register.

Executive Order 13706 was signed by President Barack Obama on Sept. 7, 2015, and requires parties that enter into covered contracts with the Federal Government to provide covered employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The proposed rule describes the categories of contracts and employees covered by the Executive Order; the rules and restrictions regarding the accrual and use of paid sick leave; the obligations of contracting agencies, the Department of Labor, and covered Federal contractors under the Order; and the remedies and enforcement procedures to implement the Order’s requirements.

The NPRM invites interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed rule at by March 28, 2016. Only comments received during the comment period identified in the Federal Register published version of the NPRM will be considered part of the rulemaking record.