Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Suspension and NYC Employer Vaccine Mandate

Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Suspension

On Tuesday, December 7, a federal judge in Georgia issued an order suspending the implementation of the federal contractor vaccine mandate nationwide.

Prior to the suspension, federal contractors were required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by January 18, 2022. The mandate also required employers to review accommodations for workers who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a disability, or due to a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Until further court action is taken, federal contractors may not be mandated to get the COVID-19 vaccine under the federal contractor mandate.

Without a mandate at the federal level for private employers, Workpledge AI partners should look to state and local mandates for guidance on vaccination requirements for workers.

NYC Employer Vaccine Mandate

On Monday, December 6, New York City became the first city in the U.S. to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all private employers. Under the new mandate, all private employers must require workers to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021.

New York City will release additional guidance on this mandate on December 15, 2021.  As a reminder, New York state currently allows employees to receive 4 hours of paid time off for each COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Please work with your Workpledge AI Client Services representative to review workers impacted by this new mandate and plan for employee communication.

For additional information and best practice guidance, please review Workpledge AI’s COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit updated this week.

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