On September 9, 2021, the President issued Executive Order 14042, which applies new rules – including vaccination mandates – to Federal contractors and subcontractors. This rule is different and separate from (and stricter than) the forthcoming OSHA emergency standard applicable to large businesses; because this Federal contractor mandate does not include a weekly testing option, it is therefore a true vaccination mandate. The rule defines “Federal contractor” very broadly. As a result, the rule likely covers most companies doing business with the Federal Government. Sheppard Mullin’s Government Contracts group diligently has been working in this area since the announcement of the Executive Order and release of related Task Force Guidance, and has developed an Executive Order 14042 Survival Guide that answers many of the questions related both to the EO and Guidance. Keep an eye out for updates to our Survival Guide as we continue monitoring the role out of the new rule.