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Employees

Federal court halts vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide

When Auburn University announced its compliance with the federal contractor vaccine mandate in October, we noted that the mandate may be challenged in court and that we would monitor and communicate any developments.

On December 7, 2021, a federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the federal contractor and subcontractor vaccine mandate requirements issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force in response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. The mandate requires covered contractor employees to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022. On November 30, a federal judge in Kentucky blocked enforcement of the mandate in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Given this development, Auburn is pausing enforcement of its vaccine policy. We will continue to monitor legal challenges to the most recent court order and communicate any further modifications in response to legal developments.

Emergency Covid-19 Administrative Leave (ECAL)

Auburn University is extending Emergency COVID-19 Administrative Leave (ECAL) through the end of the spring 2022 semester for eligible employees. ECAL will not be extended beyond this date.

Employees who test positive or must quarantine/isolate will be required to utilize their own vacation/sick leave. If the employee serves in a position that can be done remotely, the supervisor/department feels that remote work is appropriate, and the person is able to work from a health perspective, then remote work may be appropriate during the period of isolation/quarantine.

The guidance and directives on this page reflect changes to university operations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and at the university’s discretion will supersede any conflicting policies. This guidance is subject to change as the situation requires. Compliance with these terms – and any further updates published at aub.ie/covidhelp – is required of all Auburn University faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action and/or removal from campus. The campus community may report violations of public health directives.

Last updated: April 04, 2022