Federal contractors will soon be entitled to paid sick leave, including paid leave for family care. President Obama recently signed an executive order that will guarantee paid sick leave to approximately 300,000 employees. In an effort to attract and retain dedicated, talented employees, access to paid sick leave will provide a more comprehensive benefits package to federal contractors.
According to the executive order, employees can earn up to seven days of paid time off each year. This paid leave can be used for issues including, but not limited to a medical condition, caring for a family member, domestic violence or time needed to seek counseling or legal representation. Individual employers may decide to provide more than seven days, but this is the minimum amount of days federal contractors must provide its employees.