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President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 on September 7, 2015, and it establishes paid sick leave for federal contractors and subcontractors.

Contracts will include a clause specifying “as a condition of payment, that all employees, in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder, shall earn not less than 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.”

Paid sick leave can be used to care for a family member or domestic partner who is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in addition to any physical or mental illness or injury.  Accrued sick leave will carry over from one year to the next.

The order applies to contracts awarded or entered into on or after January 1, 2017 by executive departments and agencies.  Independent agencies “are strongly encouraged to comply with the requirements of the order.”   The Secretary of Labor is required to issue regulations to carry out the order by September 30, 2016.

For other federal executive orders, go to the National Archives website. For more information on sick leave, see our Massachusetts Law About Employment Leave.


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