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On Labor Day, 2016, President Obama issued E.O. 13706, outlining a requirement for all federal contracts to observe/allow 7 days of annual sick leave per year.  There were differences between sick leave and vacation, for example non-recognition of liability and inability to carry unused balances from one year to another.

Most companies had amalgamated Vacation and Sick Leave into a single benefit - called "Personal Time Off."  The Executive Order completely unraveled that concept by requiring separate recordkeeping for Vacation and Sick Leave.

Emphasis all in the first line.  Don't think it's happening.

I don't believe government agencies really wanted to step up and pay this elusive, extra benefit.  I've noticed some contracts are being issued with E.O. 13706 in place and a reduced requirement of $4.22 for Health & Welfare.  Other contracts appear to be wiggling out of the 13706 requirement and are requiring $4.54 in H&W benefits.

What's going on??  I thought "all" meant "all."  What's the difference, and what allows some contracts to ignore the E.O.?

 

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I haven't studied it in depth either, but one thing that did happen around that timeframe, was a change in Administration.  As a result numerous labor regulations were put on hold. One that was very close to becoming a reality was for each contacting agency to have a Labor Advisor resident in the office. Someone, who would be there to promote fair labor practices, and investigate unfair practices or complaints.  This position was going to serve in a similar capacity as the Small Business Specialist. The only difference is they would advocate Labor laws.  Time will tell, if they ever get resurrected. 

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