If your company (regardless of employee headcount) performs work on federal government contracts, then the government has some additional information for you on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and masking. And I’m here to fill you in on the three high points.
- Covered contractors must ensure that all full-time or part-time employees working on or in connection with a covered contract (including fully remote workers) or working at a covered contractor workplace are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8, 2021, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation. No honor system; employers must review vaccination documentation. No exceptions for individuals with prior COVID-19 infections; antibody tests will not suffice. These rules do not apply to non-government contracts.
- Covered contractors must ensure that all individuals (except for fully remote workers), including covered contractor employees and visitors, comply with published CDC guidance for masking and physical distancing at a covered contractor workplace.
- Covered contractors must designate a person or persons to coordinate the implementation of and compliance with these workplace safety protocols at covered contractor workplaces. Their responsibilities to coordinate COVID-19 workplace safety protocols may comprise some or all of their regular duties.
Sorry, folks. If you’re a private employer with 100+ employees looking for additional guidance on the White House’s proposed vaccine mandate, I got nothing for you yet — well, other than this video. Although, you may glean what OSHA may do based on the new federal contractor guidance.