1. On July 22, the Department of Labor (DOL) sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its rule requiring federal contractors to grant employees paid sick leave.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This is the penultimate step in the rulemaking process before the final rule is released. The process began back on Labor Day 2015 when President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) on this issue. The rule will require federal contractors and subcontractors to grant employees at least seven days of paid sick leave that can be used for themselves, for the care of sick family members, or for absences related to sexual assault, domestic abuse, or stalking. The EO requires DOL to issue a final rule by Sept. 30, 2016, to be enforced in contracts beginning in January 2017. DOL estimated the rule will expand paid sick leave to 828,000 people, 437,000 of whom previously had no paid sick leave option.
2. In addition to the forthcoming federal rules requiring paid sick leave, there is still pending a final rule required by an Executive Order called Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. This new rule, combined with the paid sick leave rule, is sure to add new headaches to electrical contractors who do federal work. In addition to imposing administrative burdens, both rules have significant implications for union employers.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The 2016 NECA Convention is a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know to navigate how these rules can affect your business. Be sure to register today for the Federal Rules: Paid Sick Leave and Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces pre-convention workshop.
3. On July 26, dentist Drew Ferguson defeated state Sen. Mike Crane, by a 54-46 vote, in the primary runoff for this safely Republican seat.
NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA supported Ferguson in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA). The race was a battle between the GOP establishment and tea party flavored outsiders. Ferguson was backed by NECA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), while the anti-tax Club for Growth and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supported Crane.