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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 for COVID-19, unless... 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

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

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 significantly expand the vaccination requirement to employees... Continue Reading…
November 3, 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, EEOC has declined to provide... Continue Reading…
November 3, 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

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