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Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

On September 9, 2021, President Biden released his COVID-19 Action Plan, Path Out of the Pandemic (“Plan”). As part of the Plan, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. Pursuant to the Order, on September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Guidance, which contains three major workplace safety protocols:

  1. COVID-19 vaccination of all covered contractor employees (defined as any full-time or part-time employee of a covered contractor working on or in connection with a covered contract or working at a covered contractor workplace), except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation;
  1. Compliance by all individuals, including covered contractor employees and visitors, with the published CDC guidance related to masking and physical distancing while in covered contractor workplaces; and
  1. Designation by covered contractors of a person or persons to coordinate COVID-19 workplace safety efforts at covered contractor workplaces. Specifically, the designated individual must ensure that information on required COVID-19 workplace safety protocols is provided to covered contractor employees and all other individuals likely to be present at covered contractor workplaces, including by communicating policies by email, websites, memoranda, flyers, or other means and posting signage at covered contractor workplaces.

Covered employees (those subject to a covered contract containing a clause for providing Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors) must be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021. After December 8, 2021, all covered contractor employees must be fully vaccinated by the first day of the period of performance on a newly awarded covered contract and by the first day of the period of performance on an exercised option or extended or renewed contract when the clause has been incorporated into a covered contract.

For more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please view the Task Force Guidance here.

If you have questions related to this guidance, or other HR needs, please contact HR Partners at 785-233-7860.

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