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January 24, 2022 - Coronavirus (COVID-19), Department of Labor (DOL), Legislation

Double-Take: Nationwide Preliminary Injunction of EO 14042 Limited to “Vaccine Mandate” Only

New Guidance on COVID-19 Protocols for Contractor Employees at Federal Facilities
On Friday afternoon, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, which had earlier issued a nationwide preliminary injunction of Executive Order 14042, against Executive Order 14042’s vaccine mandate, made clear that the injunction applies only to the vaccine mandate and not to other COVID-related requirements. (We previously reported on the nationwide injunction in our client alert.)  The order came in response to the federal government’s motion to clarify the following: 

Defendants request clarification of whether the preliminary injunction is limited to enforcement of the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s vaccination requirements, of whether it also prevents federal agencies from enforcing requirements related to masking and physical distancing and the identification of a person or persons to coordinate COVID-19 workplace safety efforts at covered contractor workplaces.[1]

To learn more, read our client alert.