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New Law Provides Paid Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccination

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill requiring employers to provide paid time off for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new law amends the Labor Law to provide that every employee be provided a paid leave for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours per vaccine injection, unless such employee shall receive a greater number of hours pursuant to a collectively bargained agreement or as otherwise authorized by the employer. Employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against any employee who requests or obtains paid leave pursuant to the legislation.

The entire period of the leave shall be provided at the employee’s regular rate of pay and shall not be charged against any other leave the employee is otherwise entitled to, including sick leave. The bill is effective March 12th and will sunset on Dec. 31, 2022. It is not retroactive for those vaccinated prior to March 12th.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-929-9342