We remind our members and other subscribers that the public comment period for another egregious DOL regulation, the paid sick leave mandate on federal contractors, closes in 11 days. DOL has mandated that all employers involved in a federal contract must provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour leave earned for every 30 hours worked – up to 56 hours (7 days) per year. Further, the proposed regulation requires that employees be allowed to accrue and bank their unused paid sick leave from one year to the next. At a recent SBA Roundtable in which DDIFO participated, it was announced that the public comment period had been extended to April 12, 2016. It is a safe bet that the comment period will not be extended further, so if you are impacted, please submit your comments electronically by April 12, 2016 to https://www.regulations.gov/ referencing Executive Order 13706 – Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.