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Court Opines that Nationwide Injunction on COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Contractors Applies to Vaccine Requirement Only

And the twists and turns keep coming . . . The federal court that issued a nationwide injunction of Executive Order (EO) 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,” has issued a new Order stating that it enjoined only the vaccine requirement of the EO’s implementing tool: the Safer Federal Taskforce Guidance. The... Continue Reading…
January 27, 2022

Update on Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Injunction

As previously reported, President Biden’s Federal Contractor Vaccine mandate is under a nationwide injunction and that does not look to be changing anytime soon. In December 2021, the Administration filed their appeal of the preliminary injunction ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and requested a stay of the injunction. On December 17, 2021,... Continue Reading…
January 21, 2022

EEO-1 Reporting Updates

As the calendar turns over and employers start preparing for 2022, the annual EEO-1 reporting obligation may or may not be on the top of the “To-Do” list, and understandably so.  However, it should be. The EEOC has provided recent updates about timing of the required filing and announced the discontinuation of the use of... Continue Reading…
January 10, 2022

OFCCP Unveils Upcoming Regulatory Plans in Recently Released Fall 2021 Agenda

The U.S. Department of Labor, including OFCCP, recently issued its Fall 2021 Regulatory Agenda, which identifies the regulatory goals the Agency would like to achieve during the fiscal year and beyond.  While OFCCP may not complete all (or even any) of these goals during the current fiscal year, the Agenda provides insights into the Agency’s... Continue Reading…
December 15, 2021

OMB Issues Guidance on Impact of Injunction on Government Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Thankfully, the Office of Management and Budget has quickly issued guidance on the impact of yesterday’s federal court ruling enjoining the Biden Administration’s federal contractor vaccine mandate.  The guidance, as reported on the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force website, states for existing contracts that include Executive Order 14042 implementing language: The Government will take no... Continue Reading…
December 9, 2021

BREAKING NEWS – Full Stop on Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate: Nationwide Injunction Issued

As set forth in more detail in its Order, a Georgia federal district court judge today issued an injunction halting enforcement of Executive Order 14042, which requires that federal contractors and subcontractors with specific types of covered contracts ensure that their covered employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18th, 2022. As the Order... Continue Reading…
December 7, 2021

OFCCP Officially Launches Contractor Affirmative Action Verification Interface (AAPVI) Portal

As anticipated, OFCCP has published additional information, including an implementation timeline, for its Affirmative Action Verification Interface (AAPVI) Portal.  OFCCP provided the following timeline in its communication to contractors: On Feb. 1, 2022, contractors may begin registering for access to the portal. OFCCP will also send an e-mail to each covered federal contractor in its... Continue Reading…
December 2, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Enjoined in Three States

A federal judge in the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Biden has decided President Joe Biden likely overstepped his authority with Executive Order 14042 in requiring federal contractors to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees.  Adding additional complexity and confusion to the already muddied landscape, the decision enjoins the Order for going into effect in... Continue Reading…
November 30, 2021

Federal Contractor $15 Minimum Wage Rule Finalized; Takes Effect January 30, 2022

The DOL today published the Final Rule implementing the $15 per hour minimum wage for federal contractor workers who work on or in connection with covered contracts, which President Biden authorized by in Executive Order 14026.   Building on former President Obama’s Executive Order 13658, President Biden in April 2021 issued the Order and the DOL... Continue Reading…
November 22, 2021

UPDATED: Federal Contractor Vaccine Updates: January 18 “Fully Vaccinated” Deadline and New FAQs

Updated! The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has updated the error in the vaccination deadline reported yesterday, correcting January 18, 2021 to January 18, 2022. Vaccination of covered contractor employees, except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation Covered contractors must ensure that all covered contractor employees are fully vaccinated... Continue Reading…
November 11, 2021

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