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  • FEDERAL CONTRACTOR VACCINE MANDATE INJUNCTION

    On December 7, a federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction preventing the Executive Order mandating federal contractor employee vaccinations from going into effect.  Courts had previously enjoined the separate OSHA rule that applies to employers with at least 100 employees.  The injunction has nationwide effect because one of the parties to the lawsuit was a nationwide contractor trade association.  That injunction will certainly be appealed, so this is not the last word on the subject.  The case likely will ultimately be decided by the U.S.

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  • FEDERAL CONTRACTOR MINIMUM WAGE FINAL RULE

    On April 27, 2021, the President issued an Executive Order which increases the minimum wage for most federal contractors.  Beginning January 30, 2022, that minimum wage must be at least $15.00 per hour and will be adjusted annually thereafter. The new wage will apply to federal contracts entered into or renewed on or after January 30, 2022.  The Department of Labor issued its final Rule on November 24 with regulations to implement the Order.

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  • COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE UPDATES

    There have been recent developments in the three areas of the federal vaccine mandates.

     

    (1) The executive order mandating vaccines for all federal employees and contractors

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  • NEW OSHA STANDARD FOR COVID VACCINE MANDATE

    As we discussed in a previous blog, President Biden on September 9 announced proposals for more aggressive action against the spread of Covid-19.  Those proposals consist of 3 primary measures:  (1) an executive order mandating vaccines for all federal employees and contractors; (2) an order mandating vaccines for health care workers in settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement; and (3) OSHA regulations requiring employers with at least 100 employees to require employees to be vaccinated.

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  • REVISED CDC RETURN TO WORK GUIDELINES

    The CDC recently revised its guidelines concerning quarantine and return to work after a worker has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.  The new guidelines (COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC)  draw a distinction between people who have been vaccinated against COVID and those who have not been vaccinated.

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