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Executive Order Relieves Federal Contractors From Safer Federal Workforce Requirements

13 Jun

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Update Applicable to:

All Federal Contractors

What happened?

On May 12, 2023, President Biden signed an Executive Order revoking Executive Order 14042, which had required certain parties contracting with the Federal Government to follow specified COVID-19 safety protocols. 

What are the details?

Effective May 12, 2023, all prior guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force implementing the requirements of Executive Order 14042 has also been revoked. Pursuant to the Executive Order, the Federal Government will not take any steps to require covered contractors and subcontractors to come into compliance with previously issued Task Force guidance implementing Executive Order 14042 and will not enforce any existing contract clauses implementing Executive Order 14042.

For more information, please see the links below:

White House Announcement

Executive Order

Law Firm Articles: Link 1; Link 2

What do employers need to do?

Federal Contractors must promptly rescind any deviations, policies, or other guidance premised on Executive Order 14042. Despite this, some state and local requirements remain. It is a good time for employers who still have COVID-19 protocols in place to assess whether those protocols make sense for their workplace in light of the current COVID-19 circumstances (Link). Policies like testing and vaccination, and some accommodations, should be reviewed for legal compliance given the changes.

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