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OFCCP Publishes Proposal to Rescind “Problematic” Trump Administration Religious Exemption Rule

OFCCP has announced a proposal to rescind the Trump-era final rule “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption”.  As described in the Proposal: OFCCP’s proposed rescission would preserve the EO 11246 religious exemption, which would still be available to qualifying contractors. This rescission would ensure that the EO 11246 religious exemption is... Continue Reading…
November 11, 2021

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

On November 10, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force again updated the binding Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors implementing Executive Order 14042, and issued new and updated FAQs for federal contractors. January 18, 2022 “Full Vaccination” Deadline is “Official”  The first order of business was to officially extend the full vaccination deadline from December 8, 2021... Continue Reading…
November 10, 2021

Federal Contractor Vaccination Deadline Extended to January 4 to Correspond with OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

The President today announced via a Fact Sheet the awaited OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that applies to employers with 100 or more employees.  As anticipated the ETS requires either full vaccination for employees or weekly negative tests.  He also announced new vaccine requirements for health care workers issued by the Centers for Medicare &... Continue Reading…
November 4, 2021

EEO-1 Reporting Portal to Close November 15, 2021

The EEOC has announced that the EEO-1 reporting portal will not accept 2019 or 2020 EEO-1 reports after November 15, 2021.  The deadline to file was October 25, 2021.  Despite a year filled with challenges and delays brought on by COVID-19 and the complexities of filling two years worth of reporting at the same time,... Continue Reading…
November 2, 2021

New Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate FAQs Provide Additional Guidance, Including Expanded Scope of Requirements to Affiliated Companies

As instructed, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has modified and updated its guidance on implementation of Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  Most recently, the Task Force released new FAQs providing additional guidance for contractors working to implement the requirements of the Executive Order.  A number of the FAQs... Continue Reading…
November 2, 2021

FAR Council Issues Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Contract Language and Guidance to Agencies

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council has issued a Deviation  Clause that will implement President Biden’s Executive Order 14042:  Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (FAR Clause).  The FAR Council appended the FAR Clause to its Guidance to federal agencies so that agencies can begin immediate incorporation of the Clause into solicitations and... Continue Reading…
October 7, 2021

Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Issues Guidance for Federal Contractor Compliance with COVID-19 Executive Order

As expected, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued the Guidance contractors have been anticipating to implement President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order 14042:  Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“Order”).  The 14-page document includes definitions,  description of the specifics requirements contractors must undertake and by when, and a list of 21... Continue Reading…
September 24, 2021

$11.25 Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2022 for Federal Contractors Subject to Obama-Era Executive Order

In the flurry of activity surrounding President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 – Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,  federal contractors are also awaiting approval of regulations to implement President Biden’s Executive Order  raising the minimum wage for some federal contractor employees to $15 per hour. In the meantime, the provisions of former President... Continue Reading…
September 20, 2021

Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce Issues Broad FAQ with Implications for Federal Contractors and On-Site Employees

Yesterday, the Safer Workforce Taskforce (Task Force) publicized a slew of new FAQs with one set containing surprising information regarding federal contractors.  To be clear, this is not the guidance contractors are waiting for with respect to implementation of President’s Executive Order 14042 – Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  With that said,... Continue Reading…
September 17, 2021

President Biden Signs Executive Order Announcing Plan For A COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement For Federal Contractor Employees

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, President Biden announced a broad plan that will include as-yet undefined guidance to require federal contractors to “provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards to their workers performing on or in connection with a Federal Government contract or contract-like instrument.”  While the President’s remarks and the Administration’s corresponding plan suggest a vaccine... Continue Reading…
September 9, 2021

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