Andrew Turnbull Quoted in HR Executive Online on Paid Sick Leave Rule

Andrew Turnbull, counsel in the labor and employment practice at Akin Gump, has been quoted in the HR Executive Online article “The Future of Paid Sick Leave” regarding a proposed paid sick leave rule and what it means for employers that do business with the federal government.

The article reports that a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors is set to go into effect January 1, 2017. It will provide covered employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care.

As the article notes, the next president could determine whether the rule will be rescinded, but Turnbull advises all organizations that have anything to do with federal contracts to prepare for the rule to go into effect. “I don’t think this will be the same as the other executive orders, which were very politically charged,” he said, noting that means there are a number of states and local jurisdictions that have already passed paid-sick-leave legislation, and there is a likelihood that this executive order could remain in place. “It is becoming the norm across the board,” he added.