The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) has issued its guidance (Guidance) regarding the COVID-19 safety protocols that federal contractors must implement under President Biden’s recent Executive Order 14042. The Guidance requires covered contractors and subcontractors to adopt a “hard” vaccine mandate—that is, to ensure that covered employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject only to legally required medical and religious exemptions, by December 8, 2021.
The mandate extends broadly not only to employees working directly on federal contracts, but also to those such as human resources, billing, and legal personnel who perform work “in connection with” covered contracts, and to all other employees working in the same location as such employees. Certain employees who work remotely are also covered. Covered contractors must implement safety protocols related to masks and social distancing in their workplaces as well.
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