Federal contractor vaccination and COVID safety protocols mandate

Hat tip to our friends at Fisher Phillips who put together this excellent summary of the federal contractor vaccination and other COVID protocols mandate.

The federal contractor mandate may – or may not – be a prediction of what the upcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard will contain. However, here are the key points.

  1. All covered contractor employees – including remote workers and those who have had a COVID infection – must be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation for a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief.
  2. All covered contractors must enforce mask and social distancing requirements.
  3. All covered contractors must appoint a person to coordinate COVID workplace safety protocols.

The covered contractor is required to review documentation from employees to prove vaccination status. Digital copies are acceptable. A recent test showing that a person has COVID antibodies is not acceptable. Employee attestations of vaccination status are also unacceptable.

We are eagerly awaiting release of OSHA’s ETS and will update our ERA members once it is available for review.

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