What you need to know about the new vaccination Executive Orders
What do I need to know?
On September 10, 2021, President Biden signed two Executive Orders (E.O.s) related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines at the federal level:
- Vaccination is mandatory for federal employees. Read the E.O. here.
- Mandatory vaccination and testing protocols are to be included in federal contracts. Read the E.O. here.
Additionally, the President announced that federal OSHA will develop new Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) requiring all private employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccination or testing negative for COVID-19 at least weekly. The new rules will also include safety protocols for non-vaccinated employees, and the requirement for employers to provide their employees with paid time off to get vaccinated or recover from the vaccine (expected to be eligible for tax credits).
When do these requirements become effective?
- E.O. for Federal Employees: Effective immediately but with guidelines to be issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF) within the next seven days.
- E.O. for Federal Contractors: The SFWTF is directed to develop agency-specific guidelines within two weeks for compliance with the order by October 8. All current and new federal contracts subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be affected.
- Private Employers with 100+ Employees: There is no timeline set for the development or implementation of the new federal OSHA rule. Cal/OSHA will also need to adopt new rules pursuant to federal OSHA's guidelines.
What do I need to do right now?
Read UCON's COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ for the latest guidance, including information on union employees, and stay tuned for further details about any new requirements as they are implemented.
Talk to your legal counsel about remedies such as change orders for potentially increased costs on ongoing jobs once new rules are in place.
For more details read these articles:
- 5-Step Plan for Employers After President Biden Announces Workplace Vaccine Mandates
- Federal Contractors Subject to New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
UCON will continue to update members on any relevant regulatory changes
Please refer to our COVID-19 Resources Page (available to everyone in the industry) for regular updates to federal, statewide and local policy developments.