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Vaccination Deadline for Contractors Extended to January 18, 2022

Federal government contractors and subcontractors have been dealing with a steady stream of new FAQs and details regarding the COVID-19 safety requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors first announced by President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, and then issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (the “Task Force”). Our prior postings on all of those developments can be found herehereherehere, and here.

On November 10, 2021, the Task Force issued updated Guidance and new FAQs regarding the COVID-19 requirements. As previously reported, a White House Fact Sheet issued on November 4, 2021 indicated that the December 8, 2021 deadline for covered contractor and subcontractor employees to be fully vaccinated would be extended. The updated Guidance issued on November 10, 2021 formally extends that deadline providing: “Covered contractor employees must be fully vaccinated no later than January 18, 202[2].”[1] This means covered contractor and subcontractor employees must receive their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine by January 4, 2022.

The Task Force also issued new and updated FAQs regarding the requirements. These include:

  • Announcing the availability of sample signage that contractors and subcontractors can post at entrances to announce safety requirements at their worksites.

  • Clarifying that when a covered contractor or subcontractor employee works at a federal government worksite (as opposed to working at home or at the contractor/subcontractor’s facility), the employee must still abide by the Guidance’s requirements.

We will continue to monitor and update our readers on new developments regarding the Task Force’s Guidance.

FOOTNOTES

[1] The updated Guidance contains a typographical error, stating the new vaccination deadline is January 18, 2021.

© 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 315
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Guy Brenner, Labor Attorney, Proskauer Rose, arbitration proceedings Lawyer
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Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues,...

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Megan Childs is an associate in the Labor Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group. 

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