WHAT IS THE NEW BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL CONTRACT CERTIFICATION – QUICK FACTS
- An act of the General Assembly (Public Chapter 775) passed during the 2022 session
- Prohibits a public entity from entering into a covered contract with a company to acquire or dispose of services, supplies, information technology, or construction unless the contract includes a written certification which confirms the contractor is not participating in a boycott of business dealings with Israel.
- The certification must be included in any agreement with a contractor if it meets either of these 2 conditions:
- The value of the agreement is $250,000 or greater
- OR the contractor has 10 or more employees
- The effective date is July 1, 2022.
- The penalty for failing to have this written certification in the agreement is harsh.
- If the Boycott of Israel Certification is not included in a contract, then the contract is considered VOID.
- A utility which enters into a covered agreement may comply with the Act by including a paragraph or section in the agreement which reads as follows:
Boycott of Israel. The Contractor certifies that it is not currently engaged in, and covenants that it will not, for the duration of the Contract, engage in a Boycott of Israel, as that term is defined in Tenn. Code Ann. § 12-4-127.
- ASAP – This applies to all contracts that meet either of the conditions entered into after July 1st, 2022.