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Small Business Roundtable on DOL’s Proposed Rule

 

SBA Office of Advocacy
Small Business Roundtable on DOL’s Proposed Rule

Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
Monday, March 14, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST)

 

Dear Small Business Representatives:

 

On February 25, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13706, which would require federal contractors, subcontractors, and certain parties who contract with the Federal Government to provide their employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually.  Please see Advocacy’s Regulatory Alert on this rule or the topic summary below.  Comments are due to DOL by March 28, 2016.  

Advocacy has submitted a public comment letter requesting a 30 day extension of this comment period.    

The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) takes its direction from small businesses and hosts roundtables to receive input on what issues are of greatest importance.  We have scheduled a Small Business Roundtable to discuss this proposed rule on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

 

Please RSVP by reply email if you plan to attend the meeting to: Janis.Reyes@sba.govSpace is extremely limited.  A call-in option will also be available upon request.

 

 

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introduction of Small Business Representatives (2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.)
    Darryl L. DePriest, Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy
    Janis Reyes, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy  
  2. Department of Labor’s Briefing on the Proposed Rule Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
    (2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
    Mike Lazzeri, Assistant Administrator, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Branch of Government Contract Enforcement

    Mr. Lazzeri will provide a brief description of this new regulation and answer any questions.  Please note that any comments made during this roundtable will not be considered official comments in this rulemaking process.  

  3. Small Business Feedback/ Discussion (2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
    After DOL’s presentation, Advocacy will be seeking feedback on the number and types of small businesses likely to be affected by this rulemaking, the compliance costs of this rule to these entities, and any significant regulatory alternatives that may minimize the impacts of this rule on small business.
  4. Adjourn (4:00 p.m.)          

Topic Summary

The Department of Labor (DOL) is requiring federal contractors, subcontractors, and certain parties who contract with the Federal Government to provide their employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, implementing Executive Order 13706, which was signed by President Obama on September 7, 2015.  The proposed rule applies to new contracts or contract-like instruments, if: (i)(A)  it is a procurement contract for services or construction; (B) a contract covered by the Service Contract Act; (C)  a contract for concessions; and (D) a contract entered into with the Federal government in connection with Federal property or lands related to offering services for Federal employees, their dependents, or the general public; and (ii) the wages of employees under such contract are governed by the Davis Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, or the  Fair Labor Standards Act, including employees who qualify for an exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act.  DOL estimates that the proposed rule will impact an estimated 422,400 small contracting firms, and cost each small entity $150-$650 for the first year in implementation costs and payroll costs. 

 

Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate an open and frank discussion about small business-related issues.   Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press. Anyone who would like to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or be included in the regular distribution, should forward such requests to janis.reyes@sba.gov.  The purpose of these roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts, and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns.  The meetings are not intended to communicate or achieve any consensus positions of the attendees.