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. The provisions of this Act took effect immediately and are in effect through December 31, 2022.
On June 28, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a bill extending the state’s COVID-19 vaccine paid leave law for an additional year, through December 31, 2023. The law permits paid time off for boosters, as well.
As a reminder, the following are key points of interest for the COVID-19 vaccination leave:
New York employers should communicate the required COVID-19 leave policy with their employees to help encourage vaccine scheduling.
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