Construction and Real Estate E-Note - October 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for Federal Contractors

On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance detailing COVID-19 vaccination and other pandemic-related workplace safety requirements for federal contractors in accordance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden on September 9, 2021. Read the article.

FAR Council Issues Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors Clause

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council has published a new clause (“COVID Clause”), and has asked contracting agencies to develop deviations allowing use of the new COVID Clause. Read the article.

Avoiding Shortened I-94s for Foreign Workers

The Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record is a document U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issues to all persons entering the United States except U.S. citizens, returning Legal Permanent Residents, and immigrant visa holders. It is important that nonimmigrants keep track of their I-94 record because it controls how long they can remain in the United States. For nonimmigrant workers, CBP officers typically issue an I-94 to match the period of immigration status approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). However, there are instances where an I-94 will be issued with a shorter validity date than expected, and overstaying a shortened I-94 can have significant immigration consequences. Read the complete article.

White House Announces New Federal Rules Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandates

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a new six-pronged strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19. Most notable are plans for broad COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing mandates that could apply to as many as 100 million employees nationwide. Read the article.

What We Do and Don’t Know About the New COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

Since President Biden’s announcement on September 9, 2021 of plans for COVID-19 vaccination and/or weekly testing mandates, we have received numerous questions about how this plan will affect employers and employees. In this article, we cover the most common questions we have received regarding the proposed COVID-19 vaccination and testing mandates. Read the article.

Headlines

Pandemic Keeps Creating Challenges for Construction Industry (Source: Construction Executive, 2021-09-21)

Climate Change Expected to Challenge Construction Industry (Source: Insurance Journal, 2021-10-01)

Investors Eye Opportunity Zone Program as Deadline Nears (Source: Forbes, 2021-10-05)

OSHA Working on Rules to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat (Source: Politico, 2021-09-20)

Crowdfunding, Blockchain Among Tech Impacting Real Estate (Source: Forbes, 2021-10-04)

Health Centers Awarded Nearly $1 Billion for Renovations (Source: Healthcare Finance News, 2021-09-28)

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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