Defense Contractors May Be Able to Charge COVID-19 Paid Leave to Existing Contracts

Last week, the Department of Defense (DoD) published a "class deviation" to implement a provision of the CARES Act that allows agencies to reimburse covered contractors for paid leave, including paid sick leave, a contractor provides to its employees to keep them in "a ready state," including during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Class deviations are policies that permit a departure from the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS). 


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