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Georgia Federal District Court Halts Enforcement of Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

On December 7, 2021, a federal district court in Georgia enjoined enforcement of Executive Order 14042 (EO 14042), which requires that federal contractors and subcontractors performing work on certain federal contracts ensure that employees working on or in connection with those contracts are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Notably, the Court’s injunction applies nationwide. In entering the injunction, the Court found that President Biden lacked the required statutory authority needed to implement EO 14042. The Court’s Order comes nearly a month after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), which would have required employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  (See Vedder Price bulletin.)  The consolidated actions against the ETS will be heard in the coming weeks by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Employers are advised to consult with legal counsel regarding the impact of the federal court’s decision concerning EO 14042 and the ETS action pending in the Sixth Circuit.

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Elizabeth N. Hall, Vedder Price Law Firm, Labor Employment Attorney
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Elizabeth N. Hall is a shareholder  in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Area.  Her experience includes defending employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in all types of individual employee and class action labor and employment litigation including equal employment opportunity, wrongful and retaliatory discharge and wage and hour issues.  Ms. Hall has successfully argued procedural and employment discrimination issues in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and has particular expertise managing electronic discovery in complex...

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Patrick W. Spangler, Vedder Price Law firm, Labor Employment Attorney
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Patrick W. Spangler is an attorney at Vedder Price, where he represents employers in all aspects of employee benefits, labor and employment law. His practice focuses on: EEO and ERISA litigation; employee benefit plan design and administration; and labor, employment and benefits issues associated with major business changes, including reorganizations, facility closures and reductions in force.

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