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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Duvall

CLIENT ALERT: Safer Federal Workforce Federal Contractor Guidance on Vaccine Mandate

This Client Alert outlines the critical points for government contractors to know about the Biden Administration’s executive order, regulations, and guidance addressing COVID-19 prevention measures in the workplace.

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“EO”), to promote the economy and efficiency in federal procurement by ensuring that certain federal prime contractors and subcontractors provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards to their workers performing on or in connection with a federal contract. The EO provides that contractors comply with the guidance published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (“Task Force”) and directs the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council to amend the FAR with new corresponding regulations.

September 24, 2021, and pursuant to the EO, the Task Force published its Guidance, COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (“Guidance”). As expanded below, the Guidance provides contractors with important definitions (including “covered contractor”), three sections of Guidance applicable to covered contractors, and a bevy of Questions and Answers (“Q&A”) that provide context and clarity on how, where, and when covered contractors are to implement the vaccine mandate and workplace safety measures in the provided Guidance.

Read the full Client Alert on Maynard Cooper's Government Solutions Blog.

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