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Employer Guidance on Leave for COVID-19 Vaccine


Recently, the Illinois Department of Labor issued guidance on employee leave related to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Highlights include:

  • Employer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements should be combined with paid leave or other compensation for time taken to get vaccinated.
  • Employees who voluntarily obtain a vaccine should be permitted to use sick leave or other paid time off (or employers should provide flex time to avoid having to take unpaid time).
  • Employers should allow employees to use sick-leave benefits for a qualifying family members' vaccination appointments.

The department recommends that employers review their leave policies and vaccination policies, and update to reflect leave permitted to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

Employer Guidance: Compensation, Paid Leave and COVID-19 Vaccine »