This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Reston Town Center that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement, and private sector employee matters.
By Kimberly Berry
On September 7, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors and subcontractors. The order is an attempt to promote economy and increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by employees who contract with the federal government. Federal contractors and subcontractors can earn up to seven days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The order does not supersede any federal, state or local laws, and collective bargaining agreements that provide better benefits.
Pursuant to the order, paid leave can be used for illness, injury or medical condition; obtaining medical diagnosis or care, including preventative care, from a health care provider; caring for a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or any other blood relative or closely-associated equivalent of a family relation; and for domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Employees will be permitted to carry over unused leave from one year to the next. Unused leave will be reinstated for employees rehired within 12 months post-separation by a covered federal contractor or subcontractor. However, employees must request paid sick leave orally or in writing at least seven calendar days in advance of when the need for leave is foreseeable, and in other cases as soon as is practicable. Health care certification or documentation, required no later than 30 days from the first day of leave, is only required if the employee is absent for three or more consecutive workdays.
This is the latest action taken by President Obama in a series of administrative actions aimed at providing benefits to employees. By September 30, 2016, the Secretary of Labor will issue regulations to implement the order. However, it is important that federal contractors and subcontractors note that once the order becomes effective on January 1, 2017, executive departments and agencies will require that new government contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations, including lower-tier subcontracts, include a provision specifying that all employees in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder shall earn not less than one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. If the federal contractor or subcontractor already maintains a sick leave benefits policy that includes the same or greater paid sick leave benefits, the existing policy will satisfy the order’s requirements.
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_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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