On September 7, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. The EO will apply to new federal contracts beginning in 2017 and will allow employees working on federal contracts to earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Workers will be able to use their accrued leave for a variety of personal health-related reasons, to care for family members, and for necessary absences due to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
Knowledge Center content manager Patti Couger regularly seeks out news briefs and timely resources to share on the Knowledge Center home page. Topics highlighted this quarter include paid time off, unpaid interns, diversity, equity and inclusion, and changes to the FLSA's overtime regulations.
On Friday, September 4, CUPA-HR will file comments on the DOL's proposed changes to the regulations governing overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In our comments, we plan to ask DOL to lower the proposed salary threshold and to abandon the proposed automatic annual updates in favor of a 5-9 year reconsideration of the threshold made through notice and comment rulemaking that complies with the Administrative Procedure Act. We will also request that DOL provide the public with notice of the new level at least one year prior to implementation and will argue for a phase-in of the new salary level.