Skip to main content

e-Alert: Chicago Requires Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations


On April 21, 2021, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance requiring Chicago employers to provide employees time off from work to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.


  • Employers that mandate employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine must compensate them for up to four hours per vaccine dose. Employees must be paid at their regular rate of pay for these hours.
  • Employers that do not mandate the vaccine are not required to pay employees for time taken to receive the vaccine, however they must allow them time off to receive the vaccine.
  • All employees must be permitted to receive the vaccine during their regular work shifts.
  • Employers are not allowed to force employees to schedule vaccination appointments around their work shifts.
  • Employers are prohibited from retaliating against any employee for taking time off to receive the vaccine.

Employers Next Steps

  • Employers should notify their managers and employees to ensure they are aware of this new obligation.
  • If you are a Full-Service or Virtual HR client and have questions about this e-Alert, please email us.

The People Simplifying HR

For almost twenty years, HR Knowledge has made it our mission to demystify the complex and daunting process of HR management. We do more than just provide the level of service and technology you’d expect from an industry leader. We combine an unparalleled passion for service with our decades of HR, payroll, and benefits experience to provide our clients with personalized and actionable advice that is second–to–none. From managed payroll to employee benefits to HR support, we can help your organization thrive, grow, and reduce operating costs—no matter what industry you serve. Whether you’re interested in our Full-Service solution or just need your employee handbook written, HR Knowledge can help you minimize risk while staying on top of compliance regulations. The bottom line? We’re not just another cloud-based technology company that also does HR, #WeAreHR. Get the scoop on how we can help you simplify HR.

This content is provided with the understanding that HR Knowledge is not rendering legal advice. While every effort is made to provide current information, the law changes regularly and laws may vary depending on the state or municipality. The material is made available for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice or your professional judgment. You should review applicable laws in your jurisdiction and consult experienced counsel for legal advice. If you have any questions regarding this content, please contact HR Knowledge at 508.339.1300 or email us.