Employment Practices of as Febuary 1, 2022
On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042 directing executive agencies to modify contracts and contract-like instruments to institute COVID-19 workplace safety measures. Pursuant to the EO, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance to clarify the EO’s requirements, one of which is a vaccination requirement for almost all employees who work in facilities that perform services under a covered contract or work at a location where employees who perform such services also work. Exceptions are allowed as required by law, including accommodations based on disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.
On December 7, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia enjoined enforcement of Executive Order 14042 nationwide (currently on appeal to the 11th circuit). In response to a request for clarification, the Southern District Court later indicated that the injunction applies only to the vaccine mandate, leaving in place EO 14042’s masking and physical distancing requirements. You can keep track of EO 14042 here.
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