To encourage New York employees to schedule and receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, Governor Cuomo signed legislation on March 12, 2021 requiring all New York public and private employers to provide employees up to four (4) hours of paid leave per required dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees requiring two separate injections (e.g., the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines) will be entitled to up to eight (8) hours of paid leave. This legislation took effect immediately and will be in effect through December 21, 2022.
Briefly, the legislation provides the following:
The law does not address timing of employee notification of the need for this leave and what, if any, documentation an employer can request from employees to verify proof of vaccination. We hope to receive further guidance from the NYS Department of Labor.
New York employers should update leave policies and communicate the required COVID-19 leave policy with their employees to help encourage vaccine scheduling.
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