Government Contractors Pay 56 PTO Hours

By Bill Wright

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its final rule on paid leave for employees working on or in connection with government contracts.  Contractors will be required to allow employees to accrue at least 1 hour of paid leave for each 30 hours worked on or in connection with government contracts.  Only contractors who use the accrual method may cap accrual at 56 hours.

Employees may use the paid leave for the employee’s own illness, injury, or medical condition; visits to medical providers, care for child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, or relation; or to obtain counseling, relocate, or obtain assistance with regard to domestic violence, sex assault, or stalking.  Existing policies that provide at least 56 hours of paid leave for these reasons may satisfy the rule.  The employer may request certification of the need for the leave, but, in most cases, a statement from the employee is all that is required.

Interference and retaliation are banned, and the Wage & Hour Division will investigate complaints.  Failure to comply may result in debarment from government contracts.  Links to additional information are available here. https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20160929.