The New York Times claimed that President Obama is on the verge of issuing another executive order targeting Federal Contractors. The E.O. would will force federal contractors and sub-contractors to provide employees engaged in federal contracted work up up to seven days of paid leave each year beginning January 1, 2017.
According to documents obtained by the NYT, the key provisions of the Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave Executive Order would require Federal Contractors to:
- Provide 56 hours a year of paid sick leave.
- Allow leave for an employee’s illness or for caring for a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner “or any other individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship.”
- Allow leave for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, if that time was used to seek medical attention, obtain counseling, seek relocation assistance from victim services organizations or prepare civil or criminal proceedings.
- Allow unused paid leave to accrue, year after year.
- Not make paid leave contingent on asking a worker to find a replacement.
Federal Contractor Groups Not Happy About Paid Sick Leave Executive Order
In an open letter to the White House, four contracting trade associations called on the White House to cease imposing more burdensome requirements on Federal Contractors.
“…this rapid growth in compliance requirements is becoming untenable.”
The trade associations claim that 30 percent of federal monies spent on contracting goes to the cost of comply with federal regulations for contractors.
This is Not Federal Contractors’ First Rodeo with Obama Executive Orders
Federal News Radio cites 12 Obama E.O.s that hit Federal Contractors:
- Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts
- Economy in Government Contracting
- Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws
- Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects
- Focused on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance
- Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Contractor Tax Delinquency
- Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking In Persons In Federal Contracts
- Minimum Wage for Contractors
- Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information
- Advancing Pay Equality Through Compensation Data Collection
- Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity
- Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces