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e-Alert: NY Employers Must Provide Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccination

By April 6, 2021No Comments


Employees Entitle to Four Hours Per Injection
New York has passed a law requiring employers to provide employees with paid leave to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The law took effect immediately on passage on March 12, 2021, and expires December 31, 2022.


  • Under the new law, employees must be allowed a sufficient amount of paid leave to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and the paid leave may not be charged against any other leave that the employee is entitled to, including paid sick leave required by state law.
  • The employee can receive up to four hours per vaccine injection, so if they are receiving two vaccines, they are entitled to eight hours paid leave.
  • Employees subject to a collective bargaining agreement may be entitled to additional time, and employers are free to provide more time if they choose to.
  • Employees are compensated at their regular rate during the leave.
  • The law prohibits employers from discriminating against or retaliating against any employee who takes or requests paid COVID-19 vaccination leave, or otherwise exercises their rights under the law.

Employers Next Steps

  • HRK will continue to monitor COVID-19-related leave laws.
  • If you are a Full-Service or Virtual HR client and would like our assistance with updating your policy, please email us.

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