All Employers 100+ Must Ensure Vaccinated or Tested Weekly
On September 9, President Biden announced a new plan (link is external) to require all federal employees and federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, the plan will also require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforces are vaccinated or require weekly testing. The new plan is a significant shift from the Administration’s previous policy announced in July that required only federal employees and “onsite contractors” to be required to attest to being vaccinated or to be subject to protective measures, such as wearing a mask and regular testing.
Fundamental questions remain unanswered, including who will bear the cost of testing, who will maintain records of vaccinations, will contractors working at multiple offices or for multiple agencies be required to report at each site. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (link is external) was set up to implement these requirements, providing updated FAQs (link is external) and other guidance. AGC will update our membership as soon as such guidance is released.
AGC has gathered information on COVID-19 vaccines, their safety and their effectiveness that members can use in their education efforts; created an industry-specific public service message urging the industry to get vaccinated; and provided resources to assist with employer vaccine policies. Click HERE to find a new AGC COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit.