Private Employer and Federal Employee/Contractor Vaccine Mandate Guidance Forthcoming; Employers Begin to Announce Plans

TechServe Alliance has been closely following developments regarding President Biden’s September 9, 2021 COVID-19 Action Plan, which includes Executive Orders (EOs) mandating vaccinations for federal employees and contractors and directs the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop an emergency rule covering all employers with 100 or more employees.

Private Employers: OSHA has been working on an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement that “all employers with 100 or more employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.”

This week, OSHA sent the draft ETS to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. We understand that OIRA is scheduling meetings with the public to hear concerns about the proposed ETS, the contents of which are not yet known. If your company has questions or concerns and would like more information about this process, please contact our Government Affairs Team at staff@techservealliance.org.

JD Supra, OSHA Sends COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Emergency Temporary Standard to White House for Final Review, October 14, 2021

Federal Contractors: The September 9, 2021 EOs mandated vaccinations for federal employees and federal contractors. The Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce on September 24 began issuing guidance and FAQs.  On September 30, 2021, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a contract clause requiring federal contractors to comply with the Task Force guidance.

JD Supra, Top 10 Takeaways from Federal Contractor and Subcontractor Vaccine Mandate, October 11, 2021

Many federal contractors are taking action ahead of deadlines to mandate vaccinations, including Rolls-Royce among others.

Indy Star, Rolls-Royce Rolls Out COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to Comply with Federal Requirements for Contractors, October 15, 2021

TechServe is continuing to follow developments regarding both the private employer and federal contractor vaccine mandates. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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