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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

D.C. Mayor Signs Off on D.C. Employees Getting Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccines

On November 18, 2021, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” and it has now been enacted. Accordingly, the Emergency Act will remain in effect for not more than 90 days, or until February 16, 2022. Read our full coverage here. Continue Reading
November 19, 2021

D.C. Council Unanimously Adopts Paid Leave for D.C. Employees Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

The D.C. Council has adopted legislation that “removes one of the biggest obstacles workers say prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine” by ensuring paid time off for both vaccination and recovery from any side effects. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to sign the “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” into law.... Continue Reading
November 16, 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

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

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 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 Biden’s Executive Order 14042 – Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  With that... Continue Reading…
September 17, 2021

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