New York Extends Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations for Another Year – Employee Benefits and Compensation


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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill extending the state’s COVID vaccine paid leave law for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2023.

As we previously reported, New York City employers are required by law to provide employees with “a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours” of paid time off per dose (including boosters) to be vaccinated against the COVID-19. Leave must be paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay and cannot be counted against accrued leave that is already available to the employee.

In its initial version, the law had an automatic sunset date of December 31, 2022. However, the recently signed bill extends this sunset date to December 31, 2023.

In addition to the state law requirement, New York City employers are reminded that employees who are the parents of a child under the age of 18 (or an older child who is incapable to care for themselves due to a disability) are entitled to up to four hours of paid COVID-19 vaccination time per vaccine injection for each of these children, or for absence from work to accompany this child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to care for such a child who cannot attend school or daycare due to temporary side effects from a COVID -19 injection. NYC’s child vaccination holiday law is in effect until the end of this year, December 31, 2022.

New York extends paid leave for COVID vaccinations for another year

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