For Federal Contractors
On September 9, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which directs executive departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments covered by the order include a clause requiring the contractor—and their subcontractors at any tier—to, for the duration of the contract, comply with all guidance for contractor or subcontractor workplace locations published by the Task Force. These workplace safety protocols will apply to all covered contractor employees, including employees in covered contractor workplaces who are not working on a Federal Government contract or contract-like instrument. This action is a key step in implementing part of the President’s Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan.
Read the COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (Issued September 24, 2021; PDF, Download Adobe Reader). It sets forth workplace safety protocols for contractor or subcontractor workplace locations pursuant to Executive Order 14042 on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.
New Read the FAR Council Memorandum on Issuance of Agency Deviations to Implement Executive Order 14042 (Issued September 30, 2021; PDF, Download Adobe Reader). It supports agencies in their issuance of deviations to incorporate a clause into their solicitations and contracts that implements Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance on workplace safety protocols for contractor or subcontractor workplace locations.