March 16, 2021
On March 12, 2021, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that gives public and private employees time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The law took effect immediately.
The law requires employers to grant employees up to four hours of excused leave per injection that cannot be charged against any other leave the employee has otherwise earned or accrued. Accordingly, the legislation enables employees, including essential workers, to take time off to get vaccinated without exhausting the leave they have already earned.
Employers should be aware of this legislation. Any question regarding implementation should be directed to employment law counsel.
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