Federal contractors must ensure employees are fully vaccinated by December

The White House approved new guidance Friday that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to have their workforce fully vaccinated by Dec. 8.

The guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force requires those contracting with the federal government to ensure their workers have received the Covid-19 vaccination except “in limited circumstances” where an employee needs a religious or disability accommodation. They must also ensure workers and staff are following masking and physical distancing rules, among other safety precautions.

“These safeguards will decrease the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” the document said, “which will decrease worker absence, reduce labor costs, and improve the efficiency of contractors and subcontractors performing work for the Federal Government.”

Millions of workers nationwide would be affected.

Background: President Joe Biden announced the new vaccine requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors on Sept. 9 as part of his six-prong plan to boost the vaccination rate in the U.S.

The federal worker task force, created by Biden via executive action in January, was instructed to craft the guidance for contractors, which had to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget director.

In the weeds: Companies doing business with the government are required to designate a coordinator to implement the guidance and the workplace safety rules it outlines.

Contractors are required to review vaccine documentation from employees working on federal contracts in order to prove vaccination status, the guidance says.

Workers on federal contracts do not have to comply with certain mask wearing or physical distancing rules if they are “alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door,” under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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The White House approved new guidance Friday that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to have their workforce fully vaccinated by Dec. 8.

The guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force requires those contracting with the federal government to ensure their workers have received the Covid-19 vaccination except “in limited circumstances” where an employee needs a religious or disability accommodation. They must also ensure workers and staff are following masking and physical distancing rules, among other safety precautions.

“These safeguards will decrease the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” the document said, “which will decrease worker absence, reduce labor costs, and improve the efficiency of contractors and subcontractors performing work for the Federal Government.”

Millions of workers nationwide would be affected.

Background: President Joe Biden announced the new vaccine requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors on Sept. 9 as part of his six-prong plan to boost the vaccination rate in the U.S.

The federal worker task force, created by Biden via executive action in January, was instructed to craft the guidance for contractors, which had to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget director.

In the weeds: Companies doing business with the government are required to designate a coordinator to implement the guidance and the workplace safety rules it outlines.

Contractors are required to review vaccine documentation from employees working on federal contracts in order to prove vaccination status, the guidance says.

Workers on federal contracts do not have to comply with certain mask wearing or physical distancing rules if they are “alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door,” under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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