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COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines for Federal Contractors

As part of America’s continued efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden announced his Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan. As a key part of this plan, the President signed Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.

The intent of the order is to ensure that all covered contracts and contract-like instruments subject to the Federal Administrative Services Act, include a clause concerning guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. The clause will require contractors and any sub-contractors to comply with Task Force Guidance.

The guidance relates to workplace safety protocols and covers three main areas.

All covered contract employees will be required to be fully vaccinated. Covered contractor employees refers to any employee of a covered contractor, not just those working directly on a covered contract.

The contractor will also have to maintain compliance within all covered contractors’ workplaces with guidance relating to masking and social distancing. A covered contractor workplace is any workplace covered contract employee’s work.

Finally, covered contractors will have designated personnel to coordinate COVID-19 workplace safety.  These personnel will ensure compliance with the guidance listed above.

To view Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, including definitions, guidance and frequently asked questions, click here.

Author: James Hook, CPA, MAcc | jhook@withum.com

For more information on guidelines for government contractors, please contact a member of the Government Contractor Services team.

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