On February 1, 2022, the OFCCP presented a webinar on its new contractor portal through which covered contractors are being asked to certify whether they are meeting their requirement to develop and maintain annual AAPs.
On January 26, 2022, OSHA withdrew its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which required large employers to ensure that their employees either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
With the Supreme Court’s consideration of challenges to the OSHA and CMS vaccine mandates making headlines, less attention has been paid to the federal contractor vaccine mandate even though it remains a separate topic of continuing interest for many.
On January 18, 2022, New Jersey’s Public Works Contractor Registration Act was amended to give the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development authority to audit federally regulated apprenticeship programs.
On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court granted emergency relief to stay implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19.
On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which bars the importation into the United States of products made from forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China.