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Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Stayed Nationwide

As previously reported, on November 30, a federal judge in Kentucky halted the implementation of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. Now, a federal judge in Georgia has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors. Unlike the limited injunction issued in Kentucky, the Order issued in Georgia on December 7, 2021, blocks the vaccine mandate countrywide.

The vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors had most recently required full vaccination by January 18. With this December 7 Order, the January 18 deadline has been put on hold nationwide. The Order also serves as the final federal-level effort to block all of President Biden’s vaccine mandates covering employees other than direct employees of the federal government. The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and CMS Interim Final Rule have already been enjoined nationwide.

What does this mean for employers covered by the federal contractor mandate? Covered employers can currently halt their efforts to comply with the implementation of the rule but should be ready to proceed with the requirements of the rule should the injunction be reversed.

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Luis E. Avila, Labor Employment Attorney, Varnum Law, Immigration Issues Lawyer, Grand Rapids
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Luis focuses his practice on labor, employment and immigration issues. Luis has a wide range of experience in traditional labor matters, including grievances, arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, union drives, and matters in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC). Luis has counseled employers on a number of workplace matters, including effective employee handbooks and policies, disciplinary and dispute resolution procedures, discrimination, disability accommodation, wage-hour matters, family medical leave, and...

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