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New York Enacts Vaccination Leave Requirement

March 16, 2021

Written by Complete Payroll



New York now requires employers of all sizes to provide paid leave to employees who are getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The law took effect immediately and applies through December 31, 2022.

Employees are entitled to take up to four hours of paid leave each time they get a COVID shot. For now, this means up to four hours for the single-dose vaccine and up to eight hours total for a two-dose vaccine. If public health authorities recommend re-vaccination or a booster shot before the end of 2022, employees can take additional paid COVID vaccination leave.

COVID vaccination leave is in addition to any other leaves the employee may be entitled to, such as the state’s paid sick leave. COVID vaccination leave must be paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay. Employers are prohibited from retaliating or discriminating against employees for exercising their rights under the law.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein does not constitute the provision of legal advice, tax advice, accounting services or professional consulting of any kind. The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional legal, tax, accounting, or other professional advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser who has been provided with all pertinent facts relevant to your particular situation and for your particular state(s) of operation.

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